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- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
August 17 2009 – NEWLANDS STADIUM, CAPE TOWN. Signifant damage was done to the Newlands WC2010 stadium by a large crowd of football hooligans watching a match betwen Ajax-Cape Town and Kaizer Chieffs in the first leg of the MTN8 semifinals on Saturday-evening, the Cape Argus and Sapa report.
The stadum was rented to Ajax for the evebubg event by owners Western Province Rugby. The football match – as a Cup fixture – was run under the auspices of the PSL – including all the security arrangements. WP Rugby did neither organise nor manage the event. The extent of the damage is currently being assessed, according to WP Rugby. The body will meet with Ajax on Tuesday morning to review the incident and damage to the stadium.
The Mayhem on Saturday was a wake-up call to the possibility of hooliganism during the 2010 World Cup, Premier Soccer League (PSL) boss Kjetil Siem warned the next day in the Cape Argus. Disgruntled Kaizer Chiefs fans caused havoc at the stadium after a penalty was awarded to Ajax in the second half. Throughout the tie, the tension in the stands was palpable. Throughout the tie, the tension in the stands was palpable. When referee Peter Mabuza awarded Ajax a penalty in the 62nd minute, the tense situation erupted when fans threw bottles, vuvuzelas and other objects on to the pitch.As play resumed, fans settled down, but only temporarily.
Towards the end of the 90 minutes, there was the undignified sight of players and officials from both benches scurrying for cover as fans threw objects at them. Mabuza had no choice but to stop play for a few minutes.
The match then resumed and Ajax emerged as 1-0 victors, but the disruptions were not yet over. The referee, surrounded by security guards and police, was forced to remain in the middle of the field. Angry Chiefs supporters then waited at the tunnel to hurl further objects and abuse at Mabuza. In the stadium, other fans broke and ripped out seats. Police estimated that about 500 chairs on the grandstand side of the stadium were damaged.
Read the rest of the story: http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=79&art_id=vn20090817121928300C734899
Pictures by Matthew Jordaan of Cape Argus:
August 17 2009 Michelle Jones of The Cape Argus also daily reports that a 35-year-old police officer – who had crashed his car into a roadblock in the midst of a violence-driven mob of protestors in Khayelitsha – miraculously escaped being murdered by a mob of angry residents in the giant, sprawling township south of Cape Town. The unnamed constable is in a serious condition at a local hospital.
A news team from the Cape Argus witnessed the entire event. Khayelitsha police spokeswoman Anneke van der Vyver commented to the news team that it wasn’t exactly clear why the Stellenbosch-based police officer had driven his car through the rioters’ blockade, comprised of a shipping container, stones, bricks, rocks, burning tyres and rubbish, on Landsdown Road near Cite C of Khayelitsha – he was off-duty at the time.
Ms Jones reports that the protest started at about 3pm yesterday when angry community members protesting about ‘poor service delivery’ by the local town council, had dragged a shipping container to the middle of Lansdowne Road in Site C to block traffic. Large stones and rocks also were added, as well as torched tyres and rubbish piles, located in different spots along the entire road.
The Stellenbosch constable’s turquoise Fiat Uno -- reportedly being driven ‘recklessly’ by onlookers -- first crashed into a stone in the road, skidded for some time and then crashed into the pavement, Cape Times photographer Jeffrey Abrahams, who witnessed and photographed the scene, said. “The constable and his friend had got out of the car to check the damage when they were approached by the large group of angered protestors. After a long argument, the unnamed cop drew his handgun, the mob descended on him, ‘assaulted him quite badly and took his firearm'.
“Community members began beating and kicking him, until he lay face down on the road with a rock thrown onto his back.” Hospital spokesmen said he was in critical condition. email@example.com This article was originally published on page 1 of Cape Times on August 17, 2009
Also from Khayelitsha today:
Khayelitsha shack dwellers demand speedy removal of murdered people because of the ‘rats and dogs’ feasting on the corpses…In an article by South African journalist Brenda Nkuna of All Africa.com, residents of a Khayelitsha squatter camp complain that it takes so long to collect the bodies of people killed in the township that they have to watch over them to prevent dogs and rats from feasting on the corpses.
The residents, who live in TR Section in Khayelitsha, say the amount of time bodies are left lying in the street is unhygienic and leaves children who are forced to see the bodies traumatised.
- Following the killing of a man in TR Section on Monday morning (03/08/2009), residents said they had waited more than seven hours for a mortuary van to collect the body, after it was discovered lying in the streets at around 6am.
There was blood and brains everywhere…
Resident Noxolo Rala said she had heard people screaming not far from her shack on Monday morning and when she had gone to investigate she had seen a bloodied body lying between the shacks. "There was blood and brains everywhere," she said.
- Eventually a blanket had been placed over the body, but people had kept on pulling it off to check if they knew the dead man.
Rala said since the beginning of the year, she had watched over "more than five" bodies discovered in her area alone. She said she watched over the bodies because she wanted families of the dead to be able to bury their loved ones "in dignity and with all parts of their flesh". She said if residents did not watch the bodies, stray dogs would start eating them. She said rats would also gnaw on toes and other pieces of flesh.
- Community leader Mbonisile Febana also said bodies were never removed on time. He said children in the area were forced to see the bodies outside their homes -- and he called for the police and hospitals to act quicker. Referring to Monday's incident, he said police had been on the scene, but they had "come and gone".
Inspector Siphokasi Mawisa, spokesman at Khayelitsha's Lingelethu West police station, said the body of a 24 year-old man from Mont Claire in Mitchell's Plain had been found in TR Section by a passerby on Monday morning. It was alleged that he had been beaten and had suffered from wounds to his head. “Police members had arrived at the crime scene at about 6am on Monday morning and had waited until the body was removed by the mortuary van,” she said. Mawisa said the health department was responsible for the transportation of bodies to the mortuary, not the police.
Provincial health department spokeswoman Faiza Steyn said forensic pathology services had been contacted at 11.45am to collect the body as the SAPS had finished with their work at the scene.
- “The body still had not been declared dead…”
- However, she said the body “had not been declared dead” and therefore “the department's forensic pathology services did not respond.” Steyn said the body had eventually been “declared dead” at 1.15pm by Metro EMS and collected at 2:42pm.
Original date published: 6 August 2009: http://allafrica.com/stories/200908120800.html?viewall=1
Space aliens landing in Johannesburg – powerful social-commentary film on xenophobia is the plot of the latest Neill Blomkamp film…
Los Angeles – August 17 2009 - Science-fiction action thriller District 9, about a destitute refugee-colony of crustacean-like aliens stranded with their delapidated space-ships in South Africa, landed atop the North American box office with an estimated $37million during its very first weekend, distributor of District 9, Sony Pictures said Sunday.
An innovative team of South African movie-makers, actors and producers has created this stunning science-fiction movie, District 9, which was shot in Soweto. It is showing every sign of becoming a worldwide sci-fi and cult-movie hit. It opened this week – and the film’s advance publicity clips also have been snapped up throughout this past month by cult-movie sites all over the world, a Google search reveals.
Synopsis of the movie:
Thirty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa's District 9 in Soweto as the world's nations argued over what to do with them. Now, local patience over the alien situation has run out.
Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens' welfare - they will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens' awesome weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA.
The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when an MNU field operative, Wikus van der Merwe (the hugely talented SA actor/cultural innovator Charlto Copley), contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA.
Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable - he is the only key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9.
The science fiction film ‘s publicity clips are being snapped up by hundreds of ‘cult-movie’ sites, with buffs generally saying that they love the innovative plot, which comments on contemporary politics -- specifically on xenophobia and the still ongoing process of forced-removals in post-apartheid South Africa.
The film expands the plot of a 2005 Neill Blomkamp short film, “Alive in Joburg”. Blomkamp can be reached for his own comment at firstname.lastname@example.org
The poor of South Africa oppressing each other:
While the foreign news media draws the inevitable comparison with the apartheid-era, and even throws in grossly inaccurate comparisons with the nazi’s ghettos for the Jews of Europe during WWII before they were exterminated in the nazi death camps, the film’s 29 year old director, Neill Blomkamp, however, told The New York Times that his movie was very specifically commenting on how the country’s impoverished peoples oppress one another.
While “District 9” was being filmed in the Chiawelo section of Soweto, Alexandra and other townships were ravaged by outbursts of xenophobic violence perpetrated by indigenous South Africans upon illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe, Malawi and elsewhere, he said. However the movie also amounts to a science-fiction parable for South Africa’s entire segregationist history, he added: “The whole film exists because of that … I was trying to make the science fiction feel vaguely familiar. The South African component would be the alien component.”
reprint from an 2008 article
Oct 29 2008 - Famine is creeping ever-closer to South Africa - the only country south of the Sahara where commercial food-crops are still being produced on a large, professional scale now. However, these South African farmers are forced to produce food while they and their families are under constant siege from Zimbabwe-style 'land-reform' schemes and armed attacks against their fortress-like homesteads. These commercial farmers, once massive food-exporters and valuable foreign-exchange earners for the country, now produce only one-quarter of their total food output of a decade ago. The SA government now warns that there is not enough local food production any more. Massive amounts of wheat already have to be imported into SA each year. And with so many many millions of famished African refugees still streaming steadily into South Africa as their last-ditch survival strategy, can large-scale famine still be avoided? Also: Ann Berstein,2008 report, Centre for Land Reform and development:
Large-scale migration by millions of famished Africans...
One of South Africa's most experienced former military commanders and analysts, ret.Maj-Gen Chris van Zyl, warned in a lecture in Nov 2007 that the growing Southern African food-crisis was creating massive political unrest throughout the southern African region. People were now on the move by the many millions - mostly into South Africa from the rest of Africa. This is the largest migration on the African continent now occurring right now in South Africa, where many millions of famished Africans arrive in their desperate search for survival. The UN-sponsored news agency IRIN reported in May this year that many millions of South Africans are now also struggling to cope with the country's soaring food prices.
How is South Africa going to feed them all?
- The answer is: they can't. Read Van Zyl's warning:
Yet with so many more millions of hungry African refugees to feed every consecutive year since 1994 after Mbeki threw open the borders to the rest of Africa -- the ANC-regime still carries on with its disastrous 'land-redistribution' schemes -- replacing tens of thousands of professional food-producers, the best on the continent with hundreds of thousands of desperately poor subsistence 'new farmers' who don't know even how to farm in SA's arid landscape, and in fact have shown over the past ten years of this land-reform that they don't even want to farm. The commercial farmers are trying to teach them how to farm, but with very limited success.
The recipients of such fertile SA farms mainly use it to build shacks on, raise large crops of children and neglect their livestock -- but they don't produce enough to even feed their own burgeoning families - let alone to feed the 47-million-strong population of SA, as South African commercial farmers did do with admirable reliability each year.
Over the past five years, South Africa has been unable to produce enough food to feed its entire own population with affordable food: with an estimated 8-million to 10-million South Africans now already needing daily government food aid - including daily meals to millions of primary school children and 1-million destitute Afrikaner whites receiving food aid from the private Helping Hand foundation-- the spectre of chronic famine is looming larger each day.
12,4-million people in ‘poverty’ in SA -- 2006:
MAIZE SILOS FILLED NOW -- BUT HOW MUCH LONGER?
In 2008, South Africa's commercial farmers still managed to feed the maize-silos with 10,5-million metric tonnes of the staple food maize (corn), with the SA population last year consuming some 8,5-million metric tonnes).
However, there are rapidly growing gaps in supplying other important staple foodsbesides maize -- : SA now has to import huge quantities of wheat each year at grossly inflated world-prices -- and the price of bread and other staples has rocketed as a result, sparking regular, country-wide food-costs protests.
The Limpopo river basin's fresh-produce, fruit- and nut- farmers were placed on notice that their land would be confiscated under the 'land-redistribution' in 2008. Thhe results can already be seen in the fresh-produce markets of Johannesburg, where Limpopo farms by the end of 2008, were only sending one 10-tonne truckload of fresh produce a week - down from 2007’s FIFTY equal-sized truckloads… Also, the fertile semi-tropical KwaZulu-Natal region has also seen its all-important sugar-production collapse with 6,000 job losses, the Inkatha Freedom Party warned.
Professional farmers left with LESS THAN ONE PERCENT of the total land surface…
The entire 'land-reform' process has left the small band of professional farmers with far too little fertile land to grow food crops on: less than 1% of the country's entire surface area is now used for permanent, irrigated crop-farming according to the CIA satellite observations. The country is semi-arid: in fact so dry and lacking surface water, that only 12.1% of the entire South African land-surface has ever been arable at all under the best of conditions -- i.e. useable by crop-growing activities.
Yet the SA regime still continues to lie about the total land-surface still being utilised by 'white' commercial farmers, with claims that '87% of the country is used for agriculture and forestry'. However they refer to the six percent of the land surface suitable for agriculture, while ignoring the rest of the total land-surface. And their statistics date back to before 1994 – and also the regime's own unused, gigantic former military land holdings and their own state-owned land leased out to paper and sugar companies. They continue to slurp up agricultural land for other uses: in Limpopo, a giant new power plant is being built on the confiscated commercial meat-producing farm Naauwe Ontkoming.
South Africa has never used more than 6% of its entire land-surface for food-crop-production - in its entire history.
Yet there the ANC were at it again, lying about the ‘white’ farmers ‘hogging all the land", with the African National Congress' secretary-general Gwede Mantashe lying through his teeth when demanding that the regime must stop paying farmers commercial prices for their valuable, fertile land, intoning: "The willing-buyer/willing seller clause has to be abandoned... and adding the same old outrageous lie: "the current situation where 87% of the country's land still resided in the hands of 50 000 white farmers, 14 years on from the end of whites-only apartheid rule, was "untenable"."
These land-statistics are pure thumb-suck by ANC...... in fact the government 's own 2005 tax-records indicate that only 13,500 white commercial farmers remained on the land that year, producing excess-crops on which they paid income-tax, and also paying and housing 350,000 fulltime farm workers on LESS THAN ONE PERCENT of the entire SA land surface…
This downright ANC-lie -- designed only to sweep up the homeless black population in the country's burgeoning shanty towns against the country's few remaining white farmers -- can be easily disproven from direct satellite observation records and from SA's own 2005 tax-base.
According to the latest CIA factbook on South Africa - which obtains its agricultural-use surveys from its direct daily satellite observations -- only 14,980 square kilometres of SA's total 1,219,9122 square km of land surface were actually used as irrigated commercial land in 2007. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sf.html
And while the country's total arable (i.e. useable for agriculture) land was only 12.1 % according to the CIA -- only 0.79% of this land was actually seen from space as being used for growing permanent (i.e. commercial) irrigated crops last year. This also means that many tens of thousands of former commercial lands are now lying completely fallow and unused. So what are South Africa's 'redistributed farmers' actually doing with that land? They aren't producing food-crops...
This very poor utilisation even of available agricultural land actually supports the SA government's own 2005 tax records, which show that South Africa only had 13,200 commercial, (white) taxpaying farmers that year producing excess crops and paying payroll- and income taxes.
100,000 new, black farmers produced no excess food at all in 2005:
- The country also by 2005 had more than 100,000 'emergent black farmers' who were dumped with their families on tiny carved-up plots on fertile formerly white-owned farms. The State retains property-title to this land: these families are merely allowed to live there. These new black farmers did not produce enough food for the commercial markets to have to even pay any taxes that year however - neither payroll nor income taxes: they instead consumed their entire meagre production themselves with their live-in extended families, who work for them for free.
White farmers the second-largest employer of unskilled blacks in 2007:
Picture: By the end of 2007 --- under ex-pres Thabo Mbeki’s governance of the ANC -- 13,200 commercial Afrikaner farmers still remained the second-highest employer-group in the country -- employing some 650,000 of the country's 16-million employable workforce on a fulltime and parttime basis combined and housing 350,000 farm workers and their families on their land. The ANC-regime continues to destroy this valuable agricultural taxbase and is willing to make at least 650,000 more black people permanently unemployable and destitute -- for purely racist reasons.
21,5-million SA people lived below the poverty-line in 2006:
The CIA Factbook noted in 2006 that a whopping HALF of all of the country's 43-m people by then already lived below the poverty line of $1 a day -- and that the population's actual growth rate among the indigenous population had dropped to 0.40% due to the AIDS epidemic and the massive emigration of white taxpayers. The only reason the population still was growing, the CIA noted at the time," was the large migration pattern from the rest of Africa."