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Dutch news article created false hope – and I apologise most sincerely
I have received the following email from a member, Riana van Staden, in reference to a Dutch newspaper article which we reproduced on our blog, left. It now appears that the information in this article was not entirely accurate – and that only those South Africans with a Dutch grandparent could be eligible to apply for Dutch residency. We should have checked the information much better – but as did Riana, also did not get any replies from the Dutch ministry despite frequent enquiries and then very stupidly decided to print the article verbatim. I apologise most sincerely for this very poor journalism which created a great deal of false hope that people would be able to use this loophole in Dutch immigration laws to help them escape from the carnage in South Africa. It once again emphasizes the fact that one must verify, re-verify and then verify such news articles as often as possible. ..
It also illustrates the increasingly desperate situation Afrikaners are finding themselves in. I had hoped that this could offer a solution – but clearly it doesn’t. Perhaps the Dutch government should be petitioned to adapt this law?
Riana’s correspondence is reproduced below without her email address:
“Ek het na ons laaste gesprek oor die Nederlandse burgerskap per email hulle weer gekontak om uit te vind wat gaan aan en hier is 'n skrywe wat ek vanoggend van hulle ontvang het.Groete Riana
From: PRE-CA Date: 2010/01/05 08:04:39 AM To: Riana van Staden
Subject: RE: Aansoek om Nederlandse burgerskap
Geachte mevrouw Van Staden
“Er zijn veel misverstanden over het krantenartikel van vorig jaar, omdat niet alle informatie daarop gebaseerd is op de juiste feiten. Alleen als een van uw grootouders de Nederlandse nationaliteit bezat, heeft het zin om bijgaand formulier in te vullen, zodat wij kunnen bepalen of u in aanmerking komt voor een Nederlands paspoort.
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
210 Queen Wilhelmina Avenue
New Muckleneuk 0181
P O Box 117
tel 012 425 4600
fax 012 425 4601
From: Riana van Staden Sent: maandag 4 januari 2010 17:13
To: PRE-CA Subject: Fw: Aansoek om Nederlandse burgerskap
Ek het verlede jaar 'n skrywe aan u gerig en wil net graag verneem of u my asseblief met meer inligting kan voorsien.Ek het ons familie stamboom nagegaan en blyk dit wel dat ons voorouers van Nederland/Vlaandere afkomstig was.Ek verneem so spoedig moontlik van u. Baie dankie
Riana van Staden
From: Riana van Staden Date: 2009/12/09 03:30:25 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Aansoek om Nederlandse burgerskap Goeie dag Ek en my gesin woon in Suid-Afrika en ons het verneem dit is moontlik vir Suid-Afrikaners om aansoek te doen vir 'n paspoort indien hulle kan bewys dat hulle voorouers wel van Nederland, na Suid-Afrika toe gekom het, aangesien die meeste Suid-Afrikaners van Nederland, Vlaandere, Holland en Frankryk gekom het.Kan u my asseblief laat weet of dit wel so is, aangesien ek 'n koerant berig het waar mense vertel dat hulle dit so kon doen, en ek verstaan daar is reeds mense wat so aansoek gedoen het.Ek sal ook graag wil verneem by wie en waar mens so aansoek sou kon doen. Baie dankie Riana van Staden
2010-01-05 -- South African farmer Dolf du Toit and his family were attacked during a farm-invasion headed by Zimbabwean Air Force Brig. Innocent Chiganze in the Nyazura district on Saturday. Dolf, 66, wife Alida, 61 and son Rudolph, 38, required medical treatment, writes Beeld journalist Sarel van der Walt. There has been a wave of violence-driven invasions of the 300 white-owned farms over the past few months.
“I was kicked in the stomach, beaten in the face and a finger was hurt. I would have been dead if my husband hadn’t fetched his gun,’ said Mrs Du Toit upon return from the doctor’s practice. Her husband also was bashed over the head but not seriously injured, she said.
The farm-occupiers showed up at their homestead and demanded that the farm be handed over to a high government official, Brig. Innocent Chiganze of the Zimbabwean Air force. However the Du Toits refused to give way and Mr Du Toit was forced to fire a warning shot to keep the attackers at bay. “During the remainder of the day they shouted slogans but were otherwise peaceful. The next day, Brig. Chiganze showed up himself with a group of 20 supporters, shouting ‘Leave the farm or die,’ said Mrs Du Toit.
Three of the occupiers broke through the security fencing around the homestead and launched attacks against the couple and their son – who helped his father chase away their assailants with a vehicle, she said. Again, a few warning shots were fired and the attackers then fled.
As is frequently also the case whenever white farmers and smallholders are attacked in neighbouring South Africa, the Du Toit couple also struggled to get police to the farm to launch a complaint and an investigation about the violence perpetrated against them.
However the South African ambassador in Harare tried everything in his power to get police protection for the South African citizens in this case. Commercial Farmers’ Union of Zimbabwe spokesman Deon Theron said the ambassador in Harare, prof Mlungisi Makalima, continuously tried to get the police to intervene. “The ambassador kept the phone lines burning to South Africa too,’ said Theron. And Mrs Du Toit said that Makalima had also contacted them again yesterday-morning to establish whether things still remained peaceful.
Despite this incident, Theron has denied very persistent rumours that the Zimbabwean air force has been deployed to chase away about 152 of Zimbabwe’s remaining 300 commercial (mainly white) farmers. “However it is clear that some senior government officials are behind the latest wave of occupations and that the police is hesitant to act against this,’ said Theron.
The occupations started just weeks after South Africa and Zimbabwe had signed an official trade agreement giving South African farmers the right to apply for compensation to get them reimbursed for the value of their illegally-occupied farms. http://www.beeld.com/Content/Wereld/Nuus/1920/9741cb995af543e8b559b0cc1a3e1f13/05-01-2010-12-52/Besetters_slaan_SA_paar
‘Alarming return to ancestral worship is a giant step back into the dark ages…’
Durban - The leader of the Christian Democratic Party has described President Jacob Zuma's traditional wedding on Monday as a "giant step back into the dark ages". Zuma's wedding "to a woman he is reported to have already fathered three children with, and the alarming return to ancestral worship is a giant step back into the dark ages," said CDP leader Reverend Theunis Botha, left.
Picture right: Zuma married his fifth wife, Thobeka Madiba - captured attending Parliament last year with Zuma, by Associated Press photographer Mike Hutchings - on Monday afternoon in a colourful traditional wedding which attracted scores of guests and media.
Botha has become increasingly critical of Zuma ‘s messages of violence in his public statements over the past few years; and recently also slammed the ANC leadership for its unsuccessful attempts to get the SA Council of Churches alligned inside the ANC-structures; (Rev Botha can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org)
'Traditions plagued Africa'
”…The same ancestral traditions had plagued Africa in the past and… had kept it [Africa] in superstition and poverty, and not colonialism as some people believed,” Botha said, who also is the acting chairman of the Christian Democratic Alliance.
"Very little has been done since ‘independence’ in the way of development, with few that do not rely on handouts, especially from the West," he said. It was up to the churches to speak out about ancestral worship practices, Botha said. "Political parties doing so, when the churches are silent, are exposing themselves to undue criticism of being anti-black or racist," said Botha.
- In September 2009, the CDP also slammed a public comment by an ANC-town councillor in the Bloemfontein/Mangaung city council that ‘God didn’t listen when people prayed in Afrikaans.’ Such statements also are viewed as deliberate incitements to commit violence against Afrikaners and similar comments are often shouted during murder-attacks against Afrikaner families, when victims’ bodies also are ‘trophy-decorated’ with their Afrikaans Bibles after their murders: for example the murderer of Afrikaans farmer Mike du Plessis shouted ‘stop crying, there is no God to help you’ to the grief-stricken, terrified widow Santie du Plessis just after he had murdered the farmer on October 15 2007 on the farm Jagfontein in Westonaria: . http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/451ba61ce38042cba40b8024af3f56cb/25-10-2007-09-49/There_is_no_God_to_help_you
Three large tents were erected for the "udendwe" wedding ceremony in Zuma's rural homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu. During the service, his 37-year-old bride Thobeka Madiba was introduced to the tribal elders as well to the ancestors, two years after 67-year-old Zuma paid a bride’s wealth dowry to her family, a gift known as "ilobolo". Several sheep, goats and cows have already been sacrificed while alive. This sacrificial rite is also being planned for the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Football tournaments in June this year – and a petition against the plan is being circulated after an official at the cultural office announced the plans. Petition at http://thewordwright.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/2010-soccer-world-cup-animal-sacrifice-planned/
Media kept at distance:
Media were kept a distance from the proceedings, but buses transporting the guests were seen outside Zuma's house. Local villagers, many dressed in animal skins and African prints, walked along muddy trails to the ceremony. http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/160b1699289f46c2939bc8fa1b8dba97/04-01-2010-02-35/Hundreds_attend_Zumas_wedding
One of three first ladies
Madiba, who already has three children with Zuma, attended the president's inauguration in May, where she was treated as one of the country's three first ladies. Since then, she has attended official functions and is referred to in the media as Thobeka Madiba-Zuma.
The president's other wives are Sizakele Khumalo, whom he married in 1973, and Nompumelelo MaNtuli-Zuma, whom he married in 2007.
He was previously married to current Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, whom he divorced in 1998, and Kate Mantsho Zuma, who committed suicide in 2000.
Zuma is the father of 18 children. He is also engaged to Gloria Bongi Ngema from Durban. Her family has already presented umbondo (gifts) to the Zuma family at the end of December. Umbondo is the last Zulu traditional ceremony before the wedding. It was done after ilobolo ( bride’s wealth) had been paid. It was not known when Zuma would tie the knot with Ngema.
- Stop crying, there is no God to help you
- Christian Democratic Party of South Africa
- Sign petition against bull-sacrifice ceremony at FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa
- Hundreds attend Zuma's wedding
- Security tight ahead of Zuma wedding
- 'Stay away from Zuma wedding'
- Mike Hutchings, Associated Press photographer, South Africa