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Expert tells cops to be careful
2009-11-11 Johannesburg - Consider a scenario of a trigger-happy police force getting out of hand before crime does. Many a South African is somewhat scared of this happening, said crime expert Johan Burger of the Institute for Security Studies this week.
"One almost wants to ask the question: What will come first? Will crime get out of control first, or will the police get out of control first?"
These options are "equally dangerous", said Burger. His observations came as the public reeled from the latest police shooting that claimed the life of a three-year-old boy, apparently after his uncle was mistaken for a criminal.
The boy, Atlegang Phalane, died on the scene outside a relative's house in Klipfontein View Extension 2, northeast of Johannesburg.
Crisis of control
Commented senior researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation David Bruce: "There is a crisis of control in the SAPS relating to the use of lethal force."
Sapa approached several experts in the past few days on sweeping changes envisaged in the way South Africa is policed.
Plans for single super-military-ranked police force…
These include plans to turn the current Saps into a single "super" military-ranked police force with orders not to hesitate to shoot, changes that led former minister Kader Asmal criticising the government for "militarising" the police.
Burger said there was a clear movement from a more "defensive" position on crime, to a more "offensive" one. The police moved away from a "force-orientated" body in 1994, when it had to democratise and transform, to a more "service-orientated" organisation.
This was necessary at the time as the police's image was in tatters and it had to win back legitimacy from a violent past.
Changes impaired police
But the changes impaired the police in effectively fighting crime. Community Police Forums were set up, where police consult the community in crime fighting to be more accountable to them, instead of the pre-1994 style of using force to keep the law.
- This resulted in the pendulum swinging to the side where the police were more focused on "service delivery" than "enforcing the law".
But this was interpreted by criminals that the police's hands were tied, and they started to exploit the situation, leading to the high levels of crime today.
"We have to now find a way to balance the two," says Burger. "While I understand that changes are needed, you have to warn policemen that the changes should not create the idea that you now can be - or have to be - the policeman that you were prior to 1994."
One of the changes that fuels fears of excessive use of force by the police the most is a possible amendment of section 49 of the Criminal Procedures Act.
- This section gives police the right to use deadly force when arresting a criminal.
Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos of the University of Cape Town said it was not clear how the government intended to change section 49 yet.
The current section 49 reads in part: 'the arrestor is justified in terms of this section in using deadly force that is intended or is likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm to a suspect, only if he or she believes on reasonable grounds:
- (a) that the force is immediately necessary for the purposes of protecting the arrestor, any person lawfully assisting the arrestor or any other person from imminent or future death or grievous bodily harm;
(b) that there is a substantial risk that the suspect will cause imminent or future death or grievous bodily harm if the arrest is delayed; or
(c) that the offence for which the arrest is sought is in progress and is of a forcible and serious nature and involves the use of life threatening violence or a strong likelihood that it will cause grievous bodily harm.
The proposed changes are hotly defended by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, saying that the changes will just make it easier for police to understand their rights in a situation.
But while the changes are necessary, Bruce cautioned that care should be taken in applying them.
"There is a serious problem of violent crime in South Africa and I believe that SAPS members need to be provided with the appropriate support to enable them to deal professionally with situations of danger in which they confront violent, and in some cases heavily armed, criminals," said Bruce.
"However, heated political rhetoric which encourages the reckless or unlawful use of lethal force does not serve to support police officers but rather feeds into confusing them and potentially placing them in legal jeopardy."
Last week, a court heard a case of a civilian, Kgothatso Ndobe, who was shot dead by the police. He ran away from the police because he was smoking dagga, his family and friends said.
In another incident, two patrons of a tavern in Matsulu outside Nelspruit were killed when police raided it. Patrons started throwing bottles at police when they were asked to be searched and police responded by shooting rubber bullets. Two died after being shot with sharp point ammunition. The Independent Complaints Directorate is investigating.
Professor David Mashiloane, head of the department of Unisa's police studies, agreed that the problem was not the law itself, but the understanding of the law by police officers.
There were no guarantees that the changing of the legislation would make police officers better understand it.
"The previous one was changed because we thought the police were really going overboard and that was another dimension of understanding," said Mashiloane.
André Beukes, deputy commissioner of police under the Nelson Mandela-cabinet, said the decision for a police officer to draw his weapon and to shoot, was completely discretionary.
- "You cannot teach discretion. It is inborn," he said.
Paul Trewhela on the continuing degradation of the state in South Africa
Nov 11 2009 -- This was a bad, bad week for South Africa. It began badly and it ended badly, with ominous import for the future. The perceived danger is that the state (…) is being degraded into an instrument of brutality and self-enrichment to the advantage of certain selfish sectional interests, as a kind of Mafia. One has every reason to fear this.
If this were so, it would amount to a betrayal of the anti-tribalist heritage of the African National Congress from the time of its foundation as the Native National Congress in 1912, and prior to that, of the ethics of Mahatma Gandhi's initiation of modern liberation politics in southern Africa in the years between 1906 and 1914. It would be a betrayal also of the - at least formally - internationalist principles of the South African Communist Party, from the time of its formation as the Communist Party of South Africa in 1921.
The events of the past week suggest that the ANC which opposed the anti-Indian pogroms in Durban in 1949 is no more, or at least is morally decayed.
The spirit of Gandhi, and its further development in the spirit of the 'Doctors' Pact' of 1947 betweeen Dr AB Xuma, Dr Yusuf Dadoo and Dr Monty Naicker, has suffered a severe wounding.
Picture: Local ANC political bosses in Durban have endorsed and shielded, even if there were to be proof that they had indeed not initiated, a xenophobic and murderous pogrom launched on the nights of Sunday 27 and Monday 28 September against a peaceable community of shackdwellers, the Abahlali baseMjondolo, who quite properly include a number of isiXhosa-speaking residents, at Kennedy Road in the Durban area, as reported last week (see here).
There is no excuse for anyone who claims to be a democrat in South Africa not to condemn the local ANC state authorities in KwaZulu-Natal for their brutalist support for the pogromists, and there is no excuse not to provide support to the victims.
- Local state authorities arrested and traduced the innocent, and permitted the guilty to escape.
In a statement issued on October 1, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, supported the brave and principled condemnation of this outrage by Bishop Rubin Phillip, the Anglican Bishop of KwaZulu-Natal, who has provided an outstanding example. Archbishop Makgoba said:
‘I share Bishop Rubin Phillip's view that it is a profound disgrace to democracy, that militia have been allowed to drive out the leaders of the Abahlali baseMjondolo movement, and many hundreds of families with them.'
He continued: ‘When we remember how much we suffered, and how hard we struggled, in order to ensure that an armed minority could no longer exert oppression and deny freedom of speech, of opinions and of dissent, it is completely unacceptable that such intolerance should rear its head again in a different political guise.' He added: ‘I too shall be making political representations,' inviting others to take up Bishop Phillips' proposals for supporting the displaced, whether through political action, through material support, or through prayer for all those injured or bereaved.
‘The people of our country deserve better than this,' he stated. ‘Political leaders and the police must ensure that democracy and the rule of law are upheld.'
It was bad enough that the week began with a pogrom endorsed and shielded by local political and state authorities.
What followed at the end of the week made clear, however, how certain narrow, private and sectional interests now dominate the state in its most crucial department for actual and potential political control of the population, its secret intelligence services. On Friday 2 October, President Jacob Zuma promoted Moe Shaik - brother of the more famous Schabir, released by Zuma on alleged health grounds from a 15-year prison sentence for corruption - as head of Secret Services in a re-organised, centralised and more powerful State Security Agency (see here).
The worthiness of Moe Shaik for control over the secret services of the state may be judged from his political and family connections.
Paul Holden provides an easily accessible profile in The Arms Deal in your Pocket (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2008), which states: 'Shaik, Mo: former head of ANC intelligence in SA, Shaik claimed in 2003 that Bulelani Ngcuka had acted as an apartheid spy, a charge later dismissed by the Hefer Commission of Enquiry. He admitted under testimony during the Hefer hearings that he had made the allegations against Ngcuka in order to protect the honour of Jacob Zuma. He is brother to Schabir, Chippy and Yunus Shaik.' (pp.272-73, Appendix A),
Holden's biographical note on Moe Shaik's brother Chippy reads as follows: 'Shaik, Shamin "Chippy":
- A key mover-and-shaker in the Arms Deal. Chippy Shaik was appointed as the Chief of Acquisitions for the Department of Defence in 1998, and was a key player in the evaluation process that led to the eventual selection of the preferred suppliers in the Arms Deal.
- 'In 2001, the Joint Investigation Report slammed Shaik for failing to recuse himself from meetings at which the selection of [his brother] Schabir Shaik's African Defence System as a subcontractor to supply the information management system for the corvettes was discussed.
- 'He has subsequently been alleged to have received $3m from a successful bidder in the Arms Deal, but has never been charged on any count of corruption. In 2008 Shaik's PhD degree was withdrawn by the University of KwaZulu-Natal after it emerged that he had substantially plagiarised from other sources in writing his thesis.' (p.273, Appendix A).
It is public knowledge that Moe, Shamin, Schabir and Yunus Shaik were part of Jacob Zuma's underground military and intelligence apparatus within Umkhonto we Sizwe in the Natal/KwaZulu area in the late 1980s, during the last years of the apartheid regime, known as 'Operation Bible'. At this time Zuma was head of counter-intelligence in the ANC's feared Department of Intelligence and Security, known as iMbokodo, the grindstone. Schabir Shaik subsequently became Zuma's personal financial adviser, extending to him significant unpaid loans.
The appointment of Moe Shaik to such a crucial position in the state inevitably recalls the judgement of Judge Hillary Squires in the Durban High Court in June 2005, when he found that the "payments [Schabir] Shaik admitted to having made to Zuma - and Zuma admitted to having received - were made 'corruptly', that his [Zuma's] intention was to 'use the weight of his political offices to protect or further [Schabir] Shaik's business interests'" (Padraig O'Malley, Shades of Difference: Mac Maharaj and the Struggle for South Africa, Viking/Penguin, 2007. pp.434-35).
O'Malley goes on to quote a commment by Yunus Shaik immediately following the conviction of Schabir. The passage states:
- "The Shaik brothers are unrepentant. 'After the verdict', says Yunus, 'Moe and I discussed among ourselves whether Schabir could have done things differently. And we agreed...that he should have done what he did. He honoured the bonds of friendship. We are proud of our brother'." (p.435)
This appointment inevitably recalls also Zuma's own aborted trial for corruption. It suggests that an improper degree of personal loyalty attaches this new spy chief to the old spy chief of the 1980s, for perceived reasons of factional self-interest and in defiance of the criterion of the public interest. All semblance of civil service impartiality has been abandoned in this most partial and self-serving of appointments.
At the same time, the pogrom attacks at Kennedy Road, and the mendacious, menacing and insulting official responses from the local ANC authorities, cannot fail to suggest the possibility of a state programme of actual or implicit Zulu hegemony, carried out by means of brutal force and institutionalised corruption, to the benefit of President Zuma's intimate supporters. There is an exceptional weighting in this administration to political loyalties rooted in KwaZulu-Natal, and grounded in a noxious regional power apparatus, as the fate of Abahlali baseMjondolo shows.
In a country of historically fractious racial and ethnic divisions, this is a recipe for disaster that would make the late Mbeki administration - for all its entrenched self-interest - look by comparison like a haven of civil security.
If there was one matter which it was essential for President Zuma to have made clear from the first days of his presidency, it was that there would be no ethnic favouritism in his administration.
- The entire political and constitutional fabric of South Africa is now threatened.
So too are the traditional foundations of the two parties of government since 1994, the ANC and the SACP. The promise of racial peace and reconciliation, exemplified by Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is in tatters.
A recent comment by Richard Pithouse, of Abahlali baseMjondolo, is worth considering. In an article 'Apartheid under a new guise', on Times Live, Pithouse writes: 'When society is very weak in relation to political elites, the point can be reached where politics, in its debased sense, no longer sees any need to hide its crude excesses. On the contrary, it tries to legitimate itself precisely via the public spectacle of its own power. There are occasions when we've come very close to this point in recent years.'
Shaik's appointment as controller of the secret services would seem a further indication of this.
One applauds the example set by the leaders of the Anglican church in KwaZulu-Natal and in Cape Town, in opposing spiritual and moral principle to the conduct of this government. Any decent person should follow their lead.
Government rejects top medical warnings of ‘dangerous, mutinous behaviour’ among HIV-infected soldiers…
JOHANNESBURG, 11 November 2009 (UN-PLUSNEWS) – With an estimated 25% (22,000) to 40% of the entire SANDF staff being HIV-positive, that country’s cabinet has now approved a new policy ‘prohibiting discrimination against soldiers and would-be recruits on the basis of their HIV status.’ The national average of adult HIV- prevalence is 18 percent.
The South African government has thus completely ignored the warnings by medical experts – and even disregarded the dire warnings by top SA psychiatrist Dr Mathsepo Matoane of Unisa university that HIV+ soldiers become dangerously mutinous because of neurological changes.
Picture: Could this medical condition among HIV+ soldiers explain the recent mutinous behaviour by a large group of protesting soldiers who torched two military police cars and engaged in urban warfare with their police comrades while trying to scale the fences of the Union Buildings, the seat of government? Soldiers, Police fight each other in Pretoria:
Dr Mataoane, left. warned in a little-noted speech at the SA military academy in Saldanha that studies by her department’s experts had shown that AIDS- infected soldiers often are ‘mutinous and refuse to accept authority, and that this poses a dangerous situation for the entire community because of these soldiers’ access to highly sophisticated, lethal weaponry”
At least 22,000 (25%) SANDF members but possibly as many as 40% could already be infected. She warned that such infected men ‘suffered such dangerous neurological damage that their erratic, vengeful and mutinous behaviour, combined with lethal military hardware, posed a danger to the entire community. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/268734. AIDS+TB co-infected soldiers are ‘lethal and very mutinous’, warned SA psychiatrist Dr Mathsepo Matoane of Unisa university. http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/09/psychiatrist-warned-of-lethal-mutinous.html
In the past, HIV-infected recruits were excluded from service in the South African National Defence Force, and its HIV-infected members were excluded from international deployment and promotion. However the SA government was ordered in an 2008 high court decision to amend these policies within six months -- declaring them unconstitutional.
The high court case was brought by the AIDS Law Project (ALP) on behalf of the South African Security Forces Union (SASFU) and two HIV-positive men. One, sergeant Sipho Mthethwa, in October was deployed on an international peace mission.
- One man was an SANDF member who had not been allowed to join his unit on foreign deployments; the other had been denied employment in the SANDF, based on his status.
The SANDF used her study amongst many others in its argument against the decision, noting that in their experience, HIV-infected people were ‘unfit to withstand the stress and physical demands of foreign deployments. The SANDF then claimed that about 25% of all their members were HIV positive -- higher than the national adult prevalence of 18 percent.
United States Defence Forces also at risk?
Dr Matoane's warnings can also be compared to the current situation in the United States Defence Force which very actively recruits and deploys a large number of African-Americans, often luring them into the service with lucrative offers of university educations and free health care.
The USA policy however now still remains to recruit only the most physically-fit personnel personnel into its armed forces: however this policy could also be construed as racist under the US Constitution -- as the country’s African-American population ( for genetic reasons) also is much more likely to get infected with the HIV-virus than other US citizens.
This was proven in a controversial study by the Centres for Disease Control, noting that African-Americans accounted for 49% of all the new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in 2006, despite making up only 13% of the entire USA population. Also , Phill Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute has also been placed on record as saying that nearly 600,000 African-Americans were infected with HIV-AIDS that up to 30,000 new cases were being diagnosed among black African-Americans each year, noting: "This is a different AIDS-strain, as the death rate of African-Americans is two and a half times that of HIV-infected whites,' the CDC report said.
Earlier this year, there was much public criticism about Pres Barack Obama’s decision to allow gays to serve openly in the defence forces, with critics such as Colorado Newsradio 850 KOA's "Gunny" Bob Newman asserting that this would increase the risk that members of the armed forces contract the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), develop AIDS,
At the moment, everyone in the U.S. armed forces is screened for HIV at enlistment and every two years of service thereafter; HIV-positive applicants are also excluded from service. There’s also a policy that soldiers testing positive for HIV while on active duty overseas are reassigned to the United States. It’s also been noticed that the HIV infection rates among the US military continue to rise. http://www.examiner.com/x-24622-Louisville-HIV-and-AIDS-Examiner~y2009m11d5-The-US-Navy-sees-HIV-infection-rate-rise
SA Military's HIV ban unlawful Http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=86974
AIDS+TB co-infected soldiers are ‘lethal and very mutinous’, warned SA psychiatrist Dr Mathsepo Matoane of Unisa university.
High cost of HIV-infected military: “The US Navy does not keep any information on the costs associated with HIV. The Navy has mentioned a study’s estimate that a year of treatment costs $14,000.00 to $37,000.00. That would make the 560 sailors in HIV treatment cost between 7.8 million to 20.2 million dollars. http://www.examiner.com/x-24622-Louisville-HIV-and-AIDS-Examiner~y2009m11d5-The-US-Navy-sees-HIV-infection-rate-rise
1-million of 3-million Afrikaners homeless, destitute … and increasingly malnourished…
Since the last official SA government census in 2001, Solidarity trade union conducted two major field-surveys which proved that a massive, forced exodus is taking place of Afrikaner families from all the ‘traditional Afrikaner areas’ due to the widespread farm-confiscations, the denial of job-rights to Afrikaners by the ANC-regime’s black-economic-empowerment laws, and the ongoing gang-violence targetting all Afrikaners families across the country.
This has created a massive destitution problem in the suburbs and peri-urban areas where Afrikaners lived in large concentrations. This month, there is a large upsurge of messages of distress and calls for help to feed and clothe homeless Afrikaner families countrywide. Facebook has become the major source where these families turn to to plead for help – mainly for food.
I will quote only a few of the latest examples:
Plea for help with these pictures were placed by Krugersdorp charity volunteer Paul Bennett on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=Paul+Bennett&o=2048&init=ffs#/profile.php?id=557592392&ref=search&sid=1026941238.2713991192..1
This community of Afrikaner squatters in Krugersdorp is in desperate need of food supplies. These photographs were taken by charity worker Paul Bennett, who is appealing for funds for the Welcome Inn squatter camp, which has mushroomed around a derelict school.
Tertia Trixy Lati also writes on the Facebook site: “Afrikaners in Nood”:
My little heart is very sore today. Remember a man and woman came around my office asking if they could shower, with their 3-month-old baby. They had to wait because my boss was in a meeting and I had to first ask permission. So then they bathed the baby with the water-sprinkler on the lawn instead. Anyway today he showed up again. Just him. I asked him where his wife was: she was begging from door to door asking for odd jobs. He came to try and look for jobs. The baby was taken away by family to take for her, fortunately. I gave him a cup of tea, because our workers had taken the key to the bathrooms and he couldn’t shower. This man is no alcoholic, he’s a sober, qualified man who wants a job. I told him to bring his CV on Monday . He was so grateful for that hot cup of tea he had tears in his eyes. After an hour waiting for the key, he gave up and asked for another cup of tea. I gave him shoes and socks because those he was wearing were worn out. I wish we could help this couple. They sleep on the stairs in a very bad area in old apartment blocks in the city. His wife is stunningly beautiful and I fear that she might get raped. I want to get money together to give them a place to stay for a month. That should help get them back on their feet. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=666248553&ref=mf
Casper Van Der Merwe writes: I need your help, not for me but for my mom. She’s 52 and on a disability grant but is homeless in Sabie Mpumalanga although she found a temporary place. If anyone can help her with housing, please contact me. http://www.facebook.com/Caspervandermerwe?ref=mf
Afrikaners in Need in Pretoria:
Afrikaners in Need in Port Elizabeth: : “The Vista Rus old age home in Port Elizabeth is having a hard time at the moment. There are many poor old people there and it breaks my heart. If anyone is interested in giving food or clothes for these people – there’s one ‘Oom’ of 80 who is particularly frail, please let me know:
From all these accounts now being posted, it’s also becoming clear that there’s a steady push to marginalise the entire Afrikaner minority – Afrikaners are increasingly being pushed from all their traditional suburbs, cities and rural towns where they used to congregate and where their churches, jobs, schools and cultural centres are still located.
And this steady but secretive ethnic-cleansing campaign is primarily fuelled by the ANC-regime’s nazi-like anti-white employment and land-ownership laws, which bar the vast majority of ‘whites’ ( ‘previously advantaged) from the entire labour and agricultural sectors.
Turffontein Nov 2009: 100 workers of Telkom – mostly Afrikaners with 600 dependents – were forcibly removed from their former government-owned flats which had been sold out from under them in 2007 to a private developer. He raised their rents to 80% overnight just to get them out of the building. This forms part of the ANC-ruled Johannesburg municipality’s push to move all these poor whites out of these ‘derelict’ areas to make way for new housing developments for black squatter camp residents. Many empoverished Afrikaners are now being forcibly removed from such former government-owned buildings throughout Gauteng province. Afrikaner boys like the evicted one on the right, now face a lifetime of permanent homelessness, destitution and grinding poverty because of the ANC-regime’s laws barring Afrikaners from the entire labour market and denying them all access to government benefits and public housing despite their poverty. Read entire story: 100 Telkom workers dumped in street with families
PROTEST AGAINST FORCED REMOVALS BY HOMELESS AFRIKANERS
The local government is trying to force the Krugersdorp squatters into the nearby Munsieville squatter camp – claiming that’s the only way they will be able to qualify for food-aid and housing benefits. Even the frail old-age pensioners demonstrated against this move. More pictures on my album http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30720253&id=1026941238
And those Afrikaner farmers who still cling to their homesteads, still also manage to produce excess-food for the commercial markets, while also also living in a constant state of siege from armed militia-style gangs which are targetting the Afrikaners’ homesteads on smallholdings and on the farms -- deliberately killing their patriarchs and terrorising the rest of the community with their extensive torture- rape- and mutilation practices.
Picture left: Afrikaner squatters in Krugersdorp, picture by charity volunteer Paul Bennett
In 2008, two census surveys were carried out by experts from Solidarity trade union's Helping Hand charity – photographed by the investigative journalist De Wet Potgieter -- to establish the extent of empoverishment among Afrikaners due to this ethnic-cleansing of the countryside - and to locate these 'hidden, secret pockets of Afrikaner poverty' so that these people can be helped with upliftment programmes launched by the widely-respected trade-union.
Their report sent shockwaves throughout the Afrikaner and Boer communities when they reported that rural and suburban Afrikaners were fleeing enmasse from their besieged traditionally-Afrikaner countryside and creating ‘pockets of Afrikaner poverty’ in urban areas: an average increase of 35% was recorded in the Afrikaner populations of the Western Cape and Gauteng provinces by Solidarity since the official SA government census was carried out in 200. The reports noted that over the previous eight years, many hundreds of thousands of Afrikaners had lost their jobs, lost their farms and had started living in squatter shacks, socalled ‘ informal housing ‘ such as those pictured here. http://www.helpinghandfund.co.za
There is indeed also considerable proof that this exodus is caused primarily by the organised attacks which are carried out against Afrikaner homes: and that the attackers are often very well-organised government officials. The latest proof was found in January 2009, when the entire eight-member criminals-investigations team at the Magalies police station was arrested and charged with carrying out a large number of armed attacks targetting Afrikaner farms. The reason they were arrested however was the suspicion that they were also instrumental in carrying out the terror-campaign against foreign African families, the so-called ‘xenophobic’ attacks which forced so many foreign African families into temporary United Nations holding camps in April last year:
- More evidence: on Friday, 2 January 2009, detectives from the Howick police station in Pietermaritzburg , acting on very specific information, went all the way to upmarket Sandton near Johannesburg to arrest three farm-attack gang members. Police spokesman Henry Budhram said these three men 'formed part of a national farm-attack gang which travels all over the country to attack farms'. They were seeking them for the December 10 2008 farm attack at Freeland Farm in Dargle, KZN. They arrested these three farm-attackers at an upmarked luxury home in Sandton and recovered four stolen firearms and a shotgun looted from Freeland Farm during the robbery. The victims, Mrs Linzi-Anne Smith (62), her husband, Robert, (65) and two friends were assaulted - especially the old woman was targetted. The car they ‘stole’, was found abandoned nearby shortly thereafter.
This derelict school above, which still provides a roof and ablution facilities, has become the Welcome Inn, the dismal focal point around which many homeless Afrikaners are setting up their shacks and tents in Krugersdorp, according to charity volunteer Paul Bennett, who took these pictures and published them on his Facebook page.
Beeld newspaper Children’s Fund Christmas concert, 25 November, Dutch-Reformed Church, Moreleta Park, Woodlands http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=314212395173&mid=1633561G3d35e136G1013bb2G7
sources Afrikaner poverty:
ANC law barring Afrikaners from the labour market and denying them land-ownership rights:
Afrikaner charities don’t receive any government-funding:
Pictures of Afrikaner destitution on my Facebook albums:
Names, dates, details of Afrikaners murdered in the countryside: