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- A Stuijt
- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
While billions of dollars are being spent by foreign donors, especially the US and Canada, to supply free antiretroviral drugs to South Africa to help treat the 6-million HIV-infected residents , township youths buy the drugs from patients and health-care workers -- but instead they smoke them to get high on.
The free drugs - donated by foreign charities all over the world -- are sold by AIDS-patients and health care workers alike, a BBC journalist has discovered. Read here:
The co-epidemics of AIDS-TB are destroying the South African working-age population: since it first started in 1983 when the first patient died in Cape Town, some 4-million mostly black South Africans of working (child-productive) age have already died from it and some 6-million are now infected.
- The result: millions of feral children are growing up on the township streets without any parental guidance. They have to fend for themselves and the only way they can survive, is to turn to crime. And they are also increasingly turning to drugs.
BBC documentary maker Tooli Nhlapo said she was shocked when discovering the problem was countrywide among millions of township youths.
(Picture of dying AIDS/XDR-TB coinfected patient: Medicins Sans Frontieres, Botshabelo mission hospital, South Africa).
There are just not enough health-care workers to monitor that the drugs are being taken correctly. These drugs are meant to boost the immune system and suppress HIV levels - and to stop pregnant HIV+ women from infecting their child with the human-immune-deficiency virus in the womb. It can extend the lives of HIV+ patients by as long as 20 years. Without them, they would die within just a few years time - depending on whether they get co-infected with Tuberculosis, in which case they often die within just months.
The teens take the anti-retroviral drugs, grind them into a powder, then mix it with either marijuana (dagga, an indigenous plant in South Africa) or painkillers, and smoke it. “When you look at them, just a few seconds after taking it, they are in another world,” says Nhlapo.
“When I asked them why they like doing it, they said it helps them relax and forget about their problems,” said Nhlapo, who says the problem is a national one. “I went back to the township and then I discovered that it was something that was known in the entire township,” she said.
Dr Kas Kasongo, who advises on a South African anti-retroviral drugs panel, says doctors need to be more accountable on how the ARV drugs they administer are taken.
“We need pharmacists and good administrators but again it is a social problem,” he said.
Kasongo warned that healthy people taking the drugs put themselves at risk for their powerful side effects.
The 'social problem" Kasongo was referring to, was the fact that the millions of unemployed, criminal youths roaming South African townships are completely outside the law. They are 'feral', uncontrollable.
Getting a clamp-down going on this new drug-trade, which is entirely fuelled by the free antiretroviral drugs received from foreign donor countries, is going to create a massive ethical dilemma. Cutting off the stream of free ARVs altogether would create an ethical dilemma -- the millions of AIDS-patients who do take the drug every day, would die very early, untimely deaths.
For the true extent of the extremely violent nature of South African township youths, see the following documentary by BBC documentary producer Louis Theroux, aired just a week ago:
Five armed attackers pumped nine bullets into Andre Kriel, lying unarmed on the ground... such heroes!
Alphabetic name lists of land-owners, breadwinners gunned down on smallholdings, farms in South Africa see: http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2008/12/alphabetic-name-lists-links-murders-on_12.html
André Kriel and wife Marietjie,Glynnwood-hospitaal. Picture Beeld photographer Denzil Maregele
December 12 2008 - Beeld journalist Gloria Edwards also reports from Glynnwood at the East Rand in Gauteng that five armed black men pumped nine bullets into an unarmed Afrikaner dad. Nothing much of value was robbed - just some cellphones. Andre Kriel,45, now is fighting for his life at Glynnwood hospital after he was shot nine times at the family's smallholding at Withok, Brakpan.
The injured father pleaded with the nine gunmen not to take along his teenaged son, A.J. 11 - and they left the child behind. Four of the five armed attackers were arrested after they were injured in another armed robbery attack at the smallholdings a few hours later.
"They wordlessly pumped nine shots into me while I was lying prostrate on the ground, totally defenceless,' said Mr Kriel yesterday from the Life Health Glynnwood-hospital 's intensive care unit in Benoni.
He and wife Marietjie (44), son AJ, her great-nephew Chris Marais 15, daughter Wilmie and her friend Ruan Jonker (20) were ambushed after they returned to their smallholding after dining out together. As usual they went through their security routine: Mr Kriel and Chris waited at the garage while Mrs Kriel went inside with the younger children to deactivate the security alarm system. After Kriel pulled his Land Rover discovery into the garage with Chris, (Marietjie's great-nephew) and was walking to the house when they were ambushed by the large armed gang.
"I shouted for Chris to run into the house after they were kicking me to the ground - and then they just gunned me down where I lay,' he said. Bullets hit his arms, legs and chest. The bullets broke his right arm and left leg. Meanwhile Mrs Kriel had locked herself into her bedroom with the children - while daughter Wilmie was confronted in the kitchen by the gang, who grabbed her handbag at gunpoint. "It's a miracle that they didn't shoot her, said Mrs Kriel. Chris was forced at gunpoint to open the garage and security gates - and they wanted to kidnap him but didn''t, instead fleeing in the Kriel family car - which police found abandoned several hours later near a Springs old-age home.
After this farm attack the gang went to Springs at around 4.30am and robbed two security guards, said police inspector Tommy Tomlinson. The police got into a firefight with the gang and injured four of them. They are now in hospital. Two firearms and five cellphones were found in their possession. The fifth man has gone tshala. The four are expected to appear in Springs magistrate's court next week. source in Afrikaans: http://www.news24.com/Beeld/Suid-Afrika/0,,3-975_2441694,00.html
see story here:
Dec 13 2008 Armed robbers in speed boats have started attacking and looting the super-rich families in Marina da Gama, a beautiful waterside community only 25 minutes away from Cape Town 's central business district in South Africa.
Families living in the waterside homes for Cape Town's super-rich in Marina da Gama have seen the crime rate in their small, elite suburb soar by 120% over the past six months. All the criminals arrive at the luxury properties by boat, police said, i.e. they are pirates.
Marina da Gama, designed as a classic waterside Greek village in the 1970s, is a gated, heavy-security enclosed residential area close to the popular beaches of False Bay, Cape Town. Its well-heeled residents always believed they were secure along the waterfront to the network of canals leading to False Bay. Ttheir lawns slope right down to the waterfront. Not a fence or security system in sight.
However now, their tranquility is being shattered by increasingly bold and aggressive pirates who arrive in power boats and loot people's waterside homes. Police seem unable to track them down - these pirates can leave as quickly as they arrive in the dark.
Neither the heavy private security contingent nor the local police seem able to capture or stop them. On Monday, one resident fired at the armed robbers as they were leaving with their loot in a boat. It seemed a futile attempt, local residents say.
Police say at least six houses have been broken into in the past two weeks alone by thsee pirates who use the area's waterways to gain access to the houses of Cape Town's super-rich. Residents are up in arms: it's only a matter of time, they believe, before they will be attacked inside their homes and perhaps even kidnapped.
Most of the houses have gardens that slope down to the water and very few even have fences, police superintendent Andrè Traut pointed out. The pirates also steal the speed boats and pedalos which are moored outside the houses, he warned. While the police apparently don't know how to find these pirates in their home base, at least one local resident says he's tracked them down to a picnic site in a nearby swampy area called Zandvlei. Police say they are searching the area but thus far no-one has been arrested.
One resident, Jean v.Witt, who lives in a waterfront townhouse, was burgled by pirates for the second time this year. On Monday she was awoken by her dogs at about 1.30am. "When I came downstairs I noticed the door to the patio was wide open." The pirates were gone, taking her digital camera, four antique cameras and her father's binoculars -- all items of great sentimental value."I feel traumatised and violated and I'm scared they'll be back," said v.Witt, who has lived in the area for seven years.
In an e-mail sent out by Jan de Groote of the Marina da Gama Civic Association this week, residents were warned to secure their boats and pedalos to make it more difficult for criminals. "Crime is up by 120% in parts of the Marina, and homes are being entered from the waterside," De Groote quoted police as saying.
Two years ago, electric fences were erected on the perimeter of nearby Bridge Island following a spate of burglaries targetting their homes from the land side -- so now the armed robbers have taken to the water.
Homeowners are finding it increasingly difficult to protect their properties and electrified barriers are being planned at a rapid rate now. Fears are that these new barriers will take away all their enjoyment of their unique, once so tranquil waterside community.
December 12 2008 - PRETORIA. The Afrikaner members of the Unrepresented Nations' and Peoples' organisation, UNPO, this week gave South Africa's ruling African National Congress Party a failing report card for the sixth-year in a row.
The Afrikaners are now only nominally represented* in the South African parliament by the Freedom Front Plus opposition party - which this year joined on behalf of the Afrikaners as the 188th members of UNPO - which lobbies for the rights of suppressed minorities worldwide as long as they don't use violence to further their political objectives.
The Freedom Front leaders this week called on the ANC - which has split apart and now is embroiled in a bitter leadership battle -- to stop dividing the country, to address the devastating crime rate and stop blaming their own economic crisis on 'the international credit crunch.' Afrikaner cultural rights, they warned, were being severely eroded under ANC-leadership, which has undertaken a huge effort to ethnically-cleanse the entire South African map of all Afrikaans words and names and deny Afrikaners the right to jobs, land-ownership or education in their own language.
ANC must stop dividing the country
The two Afrikaner leaders who introduced their lastest report card, Dr. Pieter Mulder and Mr Willie Spies, left, said at their press conference that its membership from all nine provinces had helped draw up the report card for the way the present government was running South Africa with a series of questionaires. Dr Mulder said these results -- the ANC scored 22 out of 100, a dismal failure -- 'once again emphasize how the present government is failing to serve South Africa'.
The ANC's biggest failure is their near-total failure to combat the out-of-control violent crime epidemic and government-fraud, which together are plunging the once thriving African country into socio-economic chaos and famine. The Afrikaners gave the ANC a score of 1 out of 10, the lowest rating and also scored them lower on education with two out of ten points. On average, the ANC received a very low average of only 22% on their report card this year.
Dr Mulder said the FF Plus remains committed to South Africa which offers a place for all. The party will in 2009 - as has been the case in previous years - remain committed to the initiation of talks where it is possible and the mobilising of protest where it has to undertaken.
He noted: "the ANC has been governing South Africa for nearly 15 years. In this time the party has apparently gone out of its way to further divide South Africans in all possible ways rather than uniting them. It is our wish that the politics of the future will be dealing with a competition between those who could best unite South Africans rather than divide them."
The main problem: their inability to combat the world's highest violent crime epidemic...
"Combating crime is the core function of a government. If a government fails in this regard, the state fails.
The latest official government crime statistics -- which are grossly understated -- indicate that murder (-3,7%), attempted murder (-7,9%) and ordinary robbery (-8,7%) may have declined, but the figure for murder is stands at 38,6 per 100,000 of the population -- whereas the world average is 5 per 100,000.
Dr Mulder: "In South Africa the statistics for murder is still nearly eight times higher than the world average. Armed attacks against families inside their homes have increased by a whopping 38.9%; car-jackings by 4.4%.
These types of crimes threaten the public's lives and the public is therefore unsafe in their own homes and on their way to work. This explains the view of the public among the general public that the violent crime is still increasing -- and in fact is getting totally out of control, with police refusing to assist citizens when they send them distress calls during attacks.'
Racism, especially black-against-white (usually Afrikaner-) police officers by black members of the SA Police Service also is a growing source of concern., he warned. Two Afrikaner police officers were placed on a local ANC-government official's death list in Badplaas recently, and black police officers also increasingly act in a racist and prejudiced manner against 'white' people - often refusing to open criminal investigation cases, members tell us. The most recent example is where a black police officer had told an Afrikaner victim of a very violent car high-jacking that 'it was time for you whites to f''k off out of the country” (Beeld 7 November 2008). Afrikaner police officers also are denied promotion within the service based only on their paler skin colour - not their competency levels.
- "Increasing racism against white, mostly Afrikaner members of the SAPS lead to these people not being able to function properly and being over-loaded with work of other colleagues who are incompetent," Mulder noted in the report card.
" Promotion possibilities for white SAPS members are also becoming scarcer.
He also slammed the fact that South Africa's suspended Commissioner of Police and the former head of Interpol, Jackie Selebi, was, despite criminal charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice, rewarded by former President Mbeki by having his contract extended for another year. "Taxpayers therefore still have to pay for the salary of a suspended chief of police".
- Former Minister Nqakula's refusal to answer several questions of the FF Plus in Parliament, such as for example, how many members of the police were themselves involved in crime, raises the eyebrows and destroys any trust which the public could still have had in the Police.
- The most controversial and unforgivable policy decision of the ANC with regards to crime was probably the scrapping of the Scorpions special directorate.
- The Scorpions were responsible for the investigation of the ANC president, Jacob Zuma, as well as the Police Commissioner, Jackie Selebi. It was the most successful crime fighting unit and overshadowed the Police with regards to successful prosecutions.
"The events as explained above, leaves a bitter taste with the public. It leaves the impression that the government is an accessory to the crime wave and this released an unprecedented anger with the public. The FF Plus' allocation of marks to the ANC for combating crime and the administration of justice remains unchanged to that of 2006 and 2007, at 1 out of 10."
Regarding their failure to produce an efficient, well-run educational system, the Freedom Front report card notes that 'the politicising of school education was taken to new heights by the ANC in 2008. It will be remembered as the ANC's year of inferior, ideology driven education".
Earlier this year, former president Thabo Mbeki and the Minister of Education made headlines with their announcement that school children would have to take a compulsory oath or pledge in which they “acknowledge the injustices of the past” and “honour those who fought against it”. This pledge singles out Afrikaner pupils as the 'culprits' and brands them for targetting by vengeful classmates.
- The FF Plus also slammed a t-shirt project for grade 9 [upils in the social sciences studies which forced them to design a t-shirt 'as a member of a black-consciousness movement in the early 1970s." Mulder said that this also demonised Afrikaner pupils and forced them to denounce their own nation.
"This politicising and indoctrination which have become inherent to national school education, did however not contribute to an improved education standard.
"To the contrary, indications are that the education system is failing with regards to the basic requirements, i.e. to develop literacy and numeracy of learners.
He warned that literacy rates are dropping rapidly under the ANC's education system:
- "A study amongst 54,000 grade 3 learners from 2,400 primary schools last year, only achieved an average of 36% for literacy and 35% for numeracy.
- "A source of hope is the fact that the ANC is apparently realising that the concept of outcomes based education (OBE) is a failure and did not lead to the standard of education being raised."
Pressure on Afrikaans schools to anglicise and deculturize stepped up:
In the Northwest, the FF Plus undertook a poll of the schools which were indicated by the Department to be Afrikaans-language, single medium schools - which is the right granted to the Afrikaner minority under the country's Constitution. It was noted that seventy percent of these "Afrikaans-only" schools had already been forced into removing their 'single-medium' status. If headmasters object, such as Mr Koos Kruger of the Ermelo Afrikaans High School, they get summarily fired by the local departments of education.
- The FF Plus awards a lower failure mark of 2 out of 10 than the previous years' mark of 3 out of 10.
Economic growth and job creation
Last year the FF Plus warned that the way in which the economy was being managed could leave South Africa in a crisis within the next 10 years. Criticism was levelled at an approach by government to rather use surpluses for social grants instead of using it for developing new jobs by creating the essential infrastructure. Dr Mulder noted that the cirremt international financial crisis has acted as an accelerator -- and South Africa now is being thrown ever-faster into a socio-economic crisis of vast proportions. He slammed the ANC-leaders for blaming the current problems on the international economic crisis alone.
R40billion has left South Africa this month alone...
- Since December 2007 the national power crisis hit the country as a direct result of the government's slack approach with regards to infrastructure development and consumers were punished with exorbitant power tariff increases. 2008 actually introduced the era of expensive, unreliable power. Power shortages lead to a moratorium on new property developments and Eskom even encouraged prospective investors at Coega and other places to place their investments on hold.
- The government's practice of monthly fixtures of the fuel price has now exploded in the face of government as a result of the stormy international market circumstances. This has forced the food prices to sky rocket and made production costs rise to such an extent that the food shortages experienced by the poorest section of the population has now worsened.
- Infrastructure has, especially on a municipal level, not been maintained and has reached a point of implosion.
- Health services are no longer capable of delivering the most basic of medical services.
- The Rand this year already lost a third of its value against the Dollar, Euro and Pound and the all-shares index on the JSE is 30% weaker than the same time last year.
- R40 billion has left South Africa the past couple of weeks as a result of the lack of confidence in the economy. South Africa is at present hovering on the brink of a negative growth rate.
South Africa needs bigger economic stability.
Economic growth requires international confidence. Corruption and financial maladministration does not create international confidence. Corruption and maladministration is found in all the public sectors and should be eradicated. International investments in South Africa will create the possibility of sustainable economic growth and create new job opportunities, but that confidence will first have to be earned.
South Africa still has a relative growth forecast but it should be managed wisely through sensible regulation. In order to make use of this, it will not be sufficient to increase savings only.
- Productivity will have to be increased dramatically.
Affirmative action and black economic empowerment are luxuries which the economy can ill-afford in difficult circumstances, and will have to be reduced drastically. The party once again awards a lower failure mark for economic policy than it did last year, i.e. 3/10 as opposed to 4/10 last year.
Language and cultural rights for Afrikaners constantly eroded:
With the inauguration of the Constitution in 1996, certain institutions inherent to a democracy were established in order to help protect and develop certain issues which were regarded as bottlenecks. One of those institutions was the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights to Language, Culture and Religion (in short known as the Section 185 commission).
This year Parliament had, after more than a year's delays, accepted the recommendations of an ad hoc committee under the guidance of Dr. Kader Asmal that the commission should gradually be phased out and its cases, together with those of the Pan-South African Language Board, should be taken over by the Human Rights Commission. The failure of the relevant institutions should be put at the door of the ANC.
At present the political will is apparently lacking to intertwine South Africa's rich cultural diversity in a sensible manner with our democracy. The phasing out of these institutions is a further symptom of this.
The Afrikaner community is devastated about the unilateral renaming of historical streets, towns and regions - names which were inherently linked to their own cultural heritage. They are being ethnically-cleansed from the South African map. Dr Mulder: "nothing came of the so-named consultation process for the reaching of a consensus about these geographical name changes. Controversial and sensitive street name changes were forced through in Durban and in Pretoria the FF Plus had to approach the court to slow down or prevent the name changes of our most historical streets." The FF Plus awards the ANC once again a poorer failure mark of 2/10 as opposed to the 3/10 of last year.
The South African government scores low on the Foreign Affairs portfolio, too. "Issues such as Kosovo's independence, which were not recognised by the government, while they acknowledge the Palestinians' as well as international conferences about climate change, were on the agenda of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The elections in Zimbabwe and the crisis thereafter had largely overshadowed the Foreign Affairs agenda of the government this year. In the Zimbabwe crisis the pendulum swung from moments of hope and optimism to moments of hopelessness and despondency.
When the majority of voters in Zimbabwe elected an MDC government on the 29th March 2008 and supported Mr. Tsvangirai, there was great hope and optimism that a peaceful change of government in Zimbabwe would take place. “Maybe Mr. Mbeki's silent diplomacy had eventually delivered the sought after outcome”, was the speculation of some commentators.
When it became clear after months that Mr. Mugabe would not accept the election results, the world and various African countries condemned Zimbabwe and Mr. Mugabe and his government were described as illegal.
- The worst failure of South Africa's foreign policy with regards to Zimbabwe appears from the fact that countries such as Botswana and Zambia eventually had to take the lead (Aug 2008) to have the problem discussed on a SADC level.
- At present even Senegal is getting involved in the Zimbabwe problem because South Africa and SADC clearly can not solve the problem.
- Based on these failures the Department of Foreign Affairs should have the 3 out of 10 evaluation of last year reduced to 2 out of 10.
What makes a numeric evaluation difficult is that there had been differences between the Mbeki government to that of the Motlanthe government's handling of this issue in the same year.
The Motlanthe government did not hesitate to criticise the Zimbabwe crisis in much clearer terms as what had been the case earlier. The R300 million which was budgeted for by South Africa as aid to Zimbabwe, was also held back by the government in an effort to show their disapproval of the events taking place in Zimbabwe and place pressure on Mugabe. That is why the government deserves recognition and it results in the evaluation this year being kept at 3/10.
Low points involving blatant anti-Afrikaner reacism are:
The ANC's minister of sport, Butana Komphela, being quoted by the news media as saying that "the South African Olympic Committee is full of whites and Indians who do not care about transformation."
The humiliation of sport administrators in front of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Sport about issues which did not fall within the mandate of the committee.
The fiasco surrounding the Department of Sport and Recreation's fruitless expenses on a half completed display at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
The umpteenth failed audit of the Department of Sport and recreation.
The government's interference in the issues of Mind Sport South Africa with the appointment of a “national team” by the minister and the Gauteng MEC.
The unsuitable and divisive controversy about the Springbok Emblem.
The FF Plus therefore gives the government a poorer mark for sport, i.e. 3/10 as opposed to 4/10 last year.
History of Freedom Front Plus and the Afrikaner:
Picture: Homeless Afrikaners. Afrikaners represent only about 3-million of the 4-million ethno-European minority in South Africa. Although ethno-Europeans, they have no familiar ties to the European mainland because they have lived in South Africa for the past 350 years. Although they are such a small minority, the ANC-regime in 1994 felt it necessary to create a huge variety of laws to bar this minority from private land-ownership, from most access to the public and private job markets and bars them from tender-procedures at local municipalities as well as from public housing, based only on their skin-colour. One-third of the Afrikaners, one-million, have for this reason fallen into permanent homelessness and destitution since 1994. Many Afrikaners also are increasingly disenfranchised: as homeless, destitute people, they are not registered at any address where they could vote in any election, according to the Solidarity Trade Union's Helping Hand organisation.
* History of voting patterns by Afrikaners:
In 1994, under the leadership of General Constand Viljoen, the Freedom Front received 2.2% of the national vote, but in the second non-racial election in 1999 their support dropped to 0.8%. In 2003, shortly before the 2004 general election, the Conservative Party, the Afrikaner Eenheids Beweging and the Freedom Front decided to contest the election as a single entity under the name Freedom Front Plus (FF+), led by Dr Mulder. In the 2004 general election, support for the Freedom Front rose by 0.09% to 0.89%. (1994 General Election results: National Assembly African National Congress (ANC) 12,237,655 62 mostly black majority votes.) The Freedom Front Plus is closely associated with the Afrikaner settlement of Orania. Afrikaners are ethno-European South Africans of predominantly Calvinist Dutch religion; they descend from German, French Huguenot, Friesian and Walloon and their home language is Afrikaans, an archaic form of 16th century Dutch. Orania is a registered Afrikaner Trust Farm located along the Orange River in the Northern Cape province in the arid Karoo region.
FF Plus phone number: 0861 700 700
Membership of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples' Organisation in The Hague has been hailed as a first step to projecting the concerns of South Africa’s Afrikaners onto the international stage.
Below is an article reported by the South African Press Association and published by the Sowetan:
"The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), at its General Assembly in Brussels over the weekend, accepted the Afrikaner people as one of its 70 members which include Australia’s Aboriginals, the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania and Tibetan monks.
According to the Freedom Front Plus representatives from South Africa, (left at UNPO in The Hague) the inclusion in this international pressure group was one of the parties’ greatest achievement’s to date.
“If you look at the situation in South Africa at the moment, it would be unwise for a group such as the Afrikaner not to consider other options, and one of those options is to internationalize our case,” Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder told reporters at a press conference in Pretoria on Monday.
UNPO’s membership consists of indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories. (see map) “It is an organisation that fights for the right of the world’s silent voices,” Mulder said.
It has grown from its original 15 founders, to representing almost 70 members worldwide.
Except for minority groupings, it also includes countries that have declared independence and have not been recognised internationally such as Somaliland which is part of Somalia, and Iraq’s Kurdistan.
The organisation lobbies internationally for the rights of these communities and countries including at the United Nations and European Parliament.