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March 26 2010 - Singing the ANC-hatespeech song"shoot the Boer" is now illegal, the South Gauteng High Court has ruled after an urgent interdict brought by a businessman.
The South Gauteng High Court has ruled that use of the words is unconstitutional and unlawful, the report said.
The ruling follows an urgent interdict by Delmas businessman Willem Harmse preventing his colleague Mahomed Vawda from using banners with the words and singing the song during a march against the high rate of crime in Mpumalanga and Gauteng on April 9. Vawda unsuccessfully argued that the words figuratively meant "kill apartheid" and wanted them chanted at the march. Harmse argued the words “perpetuated hate speech and incited hatred”. The Court agreed with Harmse.
- ANC defends 'kill the boer' song
- Malema charged over chanting 'kill the Boer hate-songs in public
Afrikaners targetted by unprecedented hate-crimes:
Robindale, Randburg youth survives second attack within seven hours by panga-wielding thugs…
March 24 2010 – ROBINDALE –Eblockwatch report from a member:: “My family home was broken into twice in the past seven hours. The second time happened @ o2h45 when 2 assailants were inside my house and tried to murder me with a panga. I was attended to by Netcare but needed to go for stitches to my forehead as it is quite a deep cut.Case 879/03/2010 www.eblockwatch.co.za
Andre Snyman, founder of the Eblockwatch cellphone security service, warns that people should study their crime map and know ‘how they are robbing your neighbours. Learn from what happened to them – as it will most likely be the way your criminal is also targetting you,’ he writes. “The best way to prevent crime is to know your criminal’s game plan. This is not as difficult as it seems. Criminals’ preparations are good because their lives depends on it. Try and think like a criminal. Lock your house, close your gate and put your alarm on and let your dogs run in the garden. Then break into your own house…” Http://www.eblockwatch.co.za
Hester Thomas (79) 'grateful I was not raped, just beaten black and blue’ – March 24 2010- Bloemfontein
"I am just grateful he didn’t rape me,’ said 79-year-old Afrikaner resident of Bloemfontein Mrs Hester Thomas after her attacker stabbed her above the eye, beat her purple and blue, choked her, jumped on her chest and kicked her during a so-called ‘house robbery’ in which very little of any value was actually ‘robbed’. Volksblad journalist Vicüs Bürger reports that this is the third attack on elderly Afrikaners in Bloemfontein within a week. She was admitted to Pelonomi Hospital. The attacker merely ‘robbed’ some meat, cheese and clothing… Picture can be purchased by commercial outlets from Wicüs Bürger, http://www.volksblad.com
The widowed Mrs Thomas of Lilac Avenue in Gardenia Park, Bloemfontein contacted the animal welfare society to remove some feral cats from her garden. She’s lived alone for the past two years – and was waiting on her front stoep for the arrival of the animal-wardens when a ‘tall black man aged between 24 and 30 sauntered over and asked her for a job. She said she couldn’t help him; he sauntered away but returned a bit later demanding that she give him money – and then stabbed her wth a knife above her left eye – then cut off her belt and put it around her neck, choking her with it. “He beat me and dragged me around the outside of the house,’ she said. He also jumped on her chest. “He was very strong’. He opened the front door with the housekey she always has around her neck and dragged her inside. However the old lady tried to put up a defence, “I gave him all kinds of hell,’ she said: her toes are bruised because she kicked him; and she also grabbed ornaments, beating him with them. Her attacker tied her up and locked her up in the bathroom. It took her several hours to free herself from her bond – and she managed to unlock the bathroom door with a spare key hidden inside the room, she said. She rushed to her neighbours who alerted the SAPS. And while the attacker could have emptied the house of all valuables he apparently only stole some meat, cheese and some clothing – those items are missing.
Her stepson Denis, a Bloemfontein businessman, said it was ‘unacceptable what happened to my stepmom. She ‘s a good woman.’ He also said that she was a strong-willed person who will be able to deal with the traumatic experience. Police captain Chaka Marope confirmed the ‘house robbery’. No-one was arrested.
Two days earlier, the Van Vuuren family was attacked by a six-member gang with knives and spades. One of the victims, Mrs Francina van Vuuren (77) sustained brain-damage during the brutal assaults and is in coma in Pelonomi-Hospital. And Emeritus-Professor Flippie Minnaar (83) and wife Louise (77) of Paul Roux Street in Dan Pienaar suburb, also in Bloemfontein, were taken to the Medi-Clinic after they were attacked Saturday-evening.
Above: from left to right: Retired Free State Prof Flippie Minnaar and wife Louise in Medi-clinic after vicious assault; wheelchair-bound Marthinus Van Vuuren brutally assaulted with four other members of his family which left the family matriarch Francina (77) in a coma at Pelonomi Hospital;
More victims: ARE THESE JUST ‘ORDINARY CRIMES?”
SLOGAN ‘KILL THE BOER’ DAUBED ON FARM HOUSE WALL IN TWO TORTURED MURDER VICTIMS’ BLOOD: IS THIS JUST ‘ORDINARY CRIME"’ ?
MORE PHOTOALBUMS OF AFRIKANER CRIME VICTIMS:
National Prosecuting Authority: ‘most victims are sex-slavery abductees’
Human trafficking in South Africa is a serious problem and warrants intervention on all fronts, according to a study – funded by the European Union – and released at a National Prosecuting Authority conference on human trafficking which ended on 24 March 2010.
The latest government report, “Understanding the dimensions of human trafficking in southern Africa”, says victims are mostly women, girls and boys trafficked for variety of purposes, including prostitution, pornography, domestic slavery, slave-labour (*also amongst gold-mining pirate gangs), begging, criminal activity (including drug trafficking), and trafficking for the (live) removal of body parts (or traditional medicine manufacture, ‘muti’). Young boys are trafficked to smuggle drugs and for other criminal activities.
Paid for by the European Union and conducted on behalf of the South African government's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) the study identified a number of trafficking flows into South Africa:
- Intercontinental trafficking (to South Africa from outside of Africa). South Africa is a destination county for long-distance flows for people (mainly females) trafficked from Thailand, Philippines, India, China, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and the Ukraine. The main point of entry of this trafficking stream is Johannesburg International Airport.
- Trafficking to South Africa from other African countries. People are trafficked from within Africa across the extensive land borders of South Africa, mostly from Mozambique and Zimbabwe and to a lesser extent Malawi, Swaziland and Lesotho. Longer-distance trafficking involve victims trafficked from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Angola, Rwanda, Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria and Somalia. All documented cases in this last category are women trafficked for both sexual and labour exploitation.
- Domestic trafficking. The largest movement of trafficked people is from rural areas to cities. Women, girls and boys -and to a lesser extent, men - are the targets of traffickers for prostitution for the same purposes listed .
- The albino community was identified as vulnerable to human traffickers for the harvesting of body parts, due the belief of a ‘white' skin having potent powers.
Trafficking South Africans off-continent: eight official cases were identified between January 2004 and January 2008. Destination countries included Ireland, Zimbabwe, Israel, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Macau.
- In all cases, the victims were females trafficked for either sexual exploitation, labour exploitation or forced marriage.
The study confirmed that, as elsewhere, females constitute the largest group of victims in human trafficking in South Africa, with the main purpose of sexual exploitation. Young girls are also trafficked for sexual exploitation because they are perceived to present less of a risk in terms of HIV and AIDS and because of the ‘sexual desirability of youth'.
The HSRC study was commissioned by the NPA to prevent, react to human trafficking and provide support to victims of crimeand funded by the European Union. The study was conducted to obtain a more detailed national picture of human trafficking in South Africa that can help guide new policies to combat the practice. It is the first comprehensive study of the problem in South Africa.
While South Africa was the main focus, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe were also included in the study.
The main findings include:
- Human trafficking is driven by networks situated in source countries with links to South Africa as the destination country. Perpetrators and intermediaries include large organised-crime networks.
- Points of destination for victims of trafficking in South Africa are the major cities where the greatest demand exists. Towns like Barberton and Bloemfontein, which are close to national borders, are also destination points for victims of trafficking. Border towns like Musina also have ‘safe houses' where victims trafficked from Zimbabwe can be kept until they can be moved on. Safe-houses in Johannesburg are used as temporary housing for victims trafficked through OR Tambo Airport. Victims trafficked for labour exploitation, usually boys, are taken to agricultural areas.
Relationship of human trafficking to other forms of crime
- There is a distinct trafficking-narcotics nexus, as criminal syndicates are usually involved in several areas of illegal activities - including smuggling, weapons and narcotics trafficking. Trafficked women may also be involved in the ancillary line of selling drugs to their clients. In many cases of trafficking for sexual exploitation, victims are made dependent on narcotics to reduce their capacity to leave. Young boys are also trafficked to sell drugs.
Collusion of officials as facilitating factor
The collusion of border and other immigration officials is a key factor facilitating trafficking. Human trafficking syndicates target border posts where lax border controls and vulnerability to bribery enable the illegal transportation of a variety of goods. The Lebombo border was identified as one of the land ports of entry where these problems operate on a large scale. The same problems were cited regarding OR Tambo Airport.
Factors that facilitate and aggravate human trafficking in South Africa include the lack of educational and employment opportunities in surrounding countries and within the country; lax security at ports of entry; collusion of government officials; lack of trained personnel to identify and handle trafficking cases; and societal beliefs that tolerate violence against women and children.
Limitations of the study:
- The researchers emphasise that they experienced serious difficulties in conducting the study.
South Africa is not collecting even basic national-level data which will allow sound estimates about the scale of the problem. They also had difficulty accessing key informants in government departments, because government databases of contacts were not made available. Still, as an exploratory study, the HSRC report confirms a portrait of human trafficking in South Africa that requires serious action by government and civil society to track and address the problem. The full report with the executive summary of the study can be accessed here http://www.hsrc.ac.za/Document-3562.phtm
Please direct all enquiries to: Ina van der Linde, Media Liaison, HSRC Cell phone: 082 331 0614 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-blockwatch member warns against SAPS inspections of gun-safes:
March 25 2010 – ALBERTON, Gauteng. "I had a house break-in last week 10/3/10: the burglars broke my safe out the wall containing gun and jewelry. I’m convinced it was an inside job as the SAPS visited me to do "gunsafe inspection" four weeks prior -- and were the only people who knew where and what was in the safe. I would like to take this further by reporting to higher authorities that they may possibly have some corrupt cops who are giving this info. to others. I have the names and I.D’s of the two that came and did the safe inspection. Have complained to the captain of the Alberton SAPS, but feel that nothing will happen. "Was told by another captain from another station that I should lodge a complaint with Provincial H/O in JHB (near Parktown Boys High School). Do you have any advice for me as to who I should lodge this complaint with?Would appreciate your input. "View the eblockwatch crime map for details: Who are e-block watch?
Beat the Blue Light bullies... Eblockwatch response:
"In response to a rising number of reported incidents about (bogus) cops and police abusing their power Eblockwatch has launched the “Police the Police” campaign. FREE to all registered eblockwatch members - please ensure that your support member details are correct in the system (especially their email addresses!). Please note that normal cell phone rates apply for the call.
- All members please save 0822360003 to your contacts.
“If you are pulled over by the police please dial this number, the conversation between you and the police is recorded and saved on our server. We ask that you try to provide as much detail as possible during the conversation:
- Describe the police car (make, model, colour, the number painted on the side of the car along with the registration number)
- Ask the police person for their name and badge number. Mention the number of police officers.
- Make it clear to the officer that you have just made a call to your friend to tell them where you are etc
- Describe your location and surroundings.
- Try to let the phone remain in a position where the conversation can be recorded. When you hang up, a link to the voice recording is sent in an email to your four support members. An additional benefit for our members with the panic button service is that we immediately send an sms notification to them to check their email for your voice recording.
- A note about the length of the call: as many people have been testing the service by simply dialling in and then hanging up we have set the system to only send out the email with the link to the recording if the call was longer than 5 seconds. This is to cut down on false alarm situations.
The purpose of this service is:
- To have evidence of the bogus cop or cop abusing their power
To have your 4-support members get the details of your situation via the recording
- The mere fact that the police officer is aware of being recorded will enoucourage the correct behaviour
Listen to this example recorded by a member here
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