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SA farm murders are 'serious human rights violations' – Unrepresented Nations and People´s Organisation annual general assembly in Rome
A motion condemning the SA farm murders as 'serious human rights violations' were accepted by the annual general assembly of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation's congress in Rome this week. UNPO member-nations represent more than 200-million politically-unrepresented peoples worldwide.
The motion was submitted by the Afrikaner minority´s representative Dr. Pieter Mulder, leader of the Freedom Front Plus party in South Africa. Dr Mulder said the approved motion in his view, also represents ´an important shift in the public image foreigners have of the Afrikaners.'
The new president of UNPO is Mr Ngawang Choepel of Tibet.
The Afrikaners of South Africa were represented by dr Mulder and mr Andre Fourie both of the FF+.
The Congress was held in the Italian Senate building in Rome. Senator Emma Bonino, vice-president of the Italian senate and senator Marco Perduca of the Italian Democratic Party hosted the congress.
Delegates from the following Members attended: Abkhazia, Afrikaner, Assyria, Balochistan, Cabinda, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Circassia, Crimean Tatars, East Turkestan, Gilgit Baltistan, Hmong, Hungarians in Romania, Inner Mongolia, Iranian Kurdistan, Khmer Krom, Mapuche, Montagnard, Ogaden, Ogoni, Scania, Sindh, Southern Azerbaijan, Southern Cameroon, Taiwan, Tibet, West Balochistan and Zanzibar.
Alongside the General Assembly, members also held interfaith candle light vigils on the Piazza Navona to illustrate the many obstacles faced by minority communities in exercising their freedom of religion. www.unpo.org/content/view/11124/81/
Dr Mulder said their approved motion 'has internationalised the South African situation .It doesn't help to wait until it's too late and only then call on the world for help. The world must be continuously kept informed about accomplishments - but also about the human-rights violations in South Africa'.
UNPO was founded in 1991 to provide a non/violent international platform, also at the United Nations, for suppressed and unrepresented minority nations worldwide. One of the requirements for membership is that member-nations must swear off all violence as a means to attain autonomy.
Among the found-members were Tibet, Taiwan, Estonia , Georgia and many other former Balkan states under the old Soviet Union. Many of the Balkan states have since then reached autonomy - which is the ultimate goal of all the nation-members
Summary: Young Pretoria mom fights off baby-snatcher in traffic; Sunday Times London: “can ‘poverty’ and ‘apartheid’ still be blamed for the horrific rape-epidemic in South Africa; Nigerian 419-scam gang held American citizen hostage for a month; Pretoria city council chaos blamed for German team’s lack of hotel accommodations; 21 Thai girls saved from sex-slavery in Johannesburg
Mom fights off baby/snatcher
2010-05-31 Virginia Keppler, Beeld - Pretoria - A young mother from Mooikloof east of Pretoria screamed hysterically while she clung to the feet of her two-year-old son to prevent a man from grabbing him through her broken car window.
According to the mother, a 22-year-old psychology student who was too scared to be identified, her child's whole body was already out the window when she grabbed his foot. Her mother, 42, said on Sunday that her daughter had stopped behind another car at a red light in De Villebois Mareuil Drive between 18:00 and 18:30 on Friday night.
- "A man came from behind her vehicle but she thought it was a beggar. Her doors were locked and her window was closed," the crying grandmother told Keppler. She said the man walked up to the front window on the passenger side and looked into the car.
NOT ONE PERSON TRIED TO HELP THE YOUNG MOM`
"The baby was lying on the front seat and was fastened with the safety belt. He was about to fall asleep when the man broke the window with a spark plug and grabbed him. My daughter got hold of one of his feet and pulled him back.
"She kept screaming while she clung to her baby's foot. She said: 'Mamma, God was in the car and helped me pull because I wouldn't have been able to do it on my own.'"She said no one, not even the people in the car in front of her, tried to help her.While the mother and the man fought over the child, she kept screaming.
"The man must have gotten a fright because he let go of the baby and ran off. My daughter immediately drove to our house in Garsfontein (in eastern Pretoria). She called me on the phone and shouted: 'Open the gate!' When she got here, she and the baby were crying. My grandchild was covered in shards of glass."
Laptop, handbag untouched
She said her grandchild had definitely been the target, as her daughter's laptop and handbag on the back seat had been left untouched."My grandchild is now too scared to get into a car. He can't sleep and keeps saying 'please don't take me'.
"I think until the soccer is over, children aren't safe. We want to warn people to be careful with their children."
Police Warrant Officer Duane Lightfoot said police responded to the scene. A case of malicious injury to property and assault were being investigated. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Mom-fights-off-child-snatcher-20100531
US woman kidnapped, held hostage in Alberton for a month by 419-scam gang
The SAPS arrested 3 Nigerian males and a South African woman for holding an American woman hostage in Alberton last month – after kidnapping her on April 15 from the Johannesburg airport. In the 419 ‘advance-fee “scam often carried out by Nigerian crime syndicates worldwide, the woman was lured to South Africa from the USA -- with internet promises that she’d won $1.06-million. She had already paid $60,000 cash up front to ‘win her prize’. On May 22 she freed herself from her bonds, broke the window of the room and alerting neighbours who called the SAPS. Police raided the house on May 22, freed her and arrested the gang.
The unnamed American woman was kidnapped just after arrival at Johannesburg airport and held in a Albertsdal, Alberton house – tied up and fed only once a day while in captivity. The four kidnappers – three Nigerian males and one South African female -- are scheduled to for remand on May 31 2010, Monday. Items belong to the victim were found in another house in Kibler Park where the four gang members lived. Also confiscated were their computers, cellphones ‘and a number of other exhibits that police believe strengthen the case against the four’. The scam started in April 2009 when the American woman had responded to an email – and the gang managed to fleece $60,000 from her. In July, the communication went cold until they approached her again in April this year. This time she was assured that “just her signature was enough but she had to come to South Africa in person to claim her prize”. She was instructed to bring $2,000 cash.When she arrived on April 15 she was taken hostage at the airport.
The woman – much wiser and poorer -- has already returned to the USA. Police also discovered a number of items belonging to her in the house in Kibler Park where the four lived. These items were confiscated including computers, cellphones and a number of other exhibits that police believe strengthen the case against the four. Statement issued by Musa Zondi, South African Police Service, May 31 2010 http://www.saps.gov.za
Beware of child-kidnappers warn SAPS
A special task force was also set up by the SAPS five months ago which also concentrates on rescuing children from kidnapping gangs. The SAPS warns ‘parents 'to make every attempt to fetch their children from school themselves whenever possible and to be very alert." The children are kidnapped for several aims: either to demand extortion money from the parents; or for the sex-slavery trade; with youngsters lured with job-promises and then forced into drug-addiction and prostitution.
Why are black South African men waging a rape-war against their own women and children?
the Sunday Times of London writes that ´Interpol estimates in the past 5 years alone - an average of 1.6m to 1.7m women and children have been raped every 12 months in a country of 42m people. As many as 30% will become HIV-positive if they don’t receive preventative medication. According to a 2008/2009 report from the leading South African children’s charity Solidarity Helping Hand, more than 500 child rapes are carried out in South Africa each day, but only about one in eight of these is reported.
`And the Mbeki cabinet´s ‘ move to disband the SAPS’ national Child Protection Unit was very bad, because police stations are intimidating to women and children,” warns Miranda Friedman, director of private clinics run by “Women and Men against Child Abuse”. Such clinics are the only options available for raped children: there are long waiting lists, sometimes up to two years…. The Sunday Times of London asks this week: “Can ‘poverty’ and ‘apartheid’ still continue to take the blame for the South African rape epidemic?
“Four-year-old Josteen was brought to the hospital by her biological mother with massive internal injuries. She had been raped repeatedly. Her mother had been drunk and left her in a seedy hotel with two male acquaintances; she came back home later to find the child screaming and bleeding. Tomas, eight, was gang-raped in a Pretoria taxi after being picked up on his way home from school. His internal injuries were so bad he was unable to walk for two years. He is catatonic and has been unable to talk to counsellors about his ordeal. “
“South African men rape because they have a ‘sense of entitlement’…
“Such crimes are not opportunistic, says Carol Bower, a co-founder of Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, adding: “It’s much more profound than that here, much more sinister. It’s about a sense of entitlement held by South African men. In this world of violent depravity we’re seeing horrific injuries and doctors are becoming adept at dealing with such horrors: a damning indictment. The sexual violence we see against children here is beyond that in many war zones where desperate men commit atrocities beyond reason. If you look beyond the crude township belief that having sex with an ‘virgina;’ infant cures HIV, you will see that child rape is less about superstition or the occult and more about disenfranchised men taking their revenge on society.“
What is wrong with this bloody country?” says Bower later, as we sit in my front room in Cape Town. The headline in the Cape Argus newspaper in front of us screams: “One child murdered every three days.” A report inside tells of the horrific township rape of a nine-month-old baby girl and, the same weekend, the rape of a girl on her second birthday. The nine-month-old had been found bloodied and screaming in her drunk mother’s shack, and almost died from internal bleeding. The mother had disappeared. Police are still investigating the rape of the two-year-old, who died from internal injuries. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article7133312.ece
S.African police rescue 21 Thai girls from sex-slavery
CAPE TOWN — Agence France Presse reports that 21 Thai girls from a sex-slavery brothel in Kempton Park near the Johannesburg international airport. “We suspect that they may be victims of human trafficking," said Paul Ramaloko, spokesman for the Hawks specialised crime-fighting unit. We have removed them to a place of safety and then we are just going to conduct some interviews with them."Police acted on a tip-off early Saturday morning that the females were being sexually exploited in Kempton Park, – all had been in South Africa for less than a month. A South African woman was arrested.The Thai women's passports were recovered alongside cash and a small amount of heroin, said Ramoloko. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hokCp16IGwGbO7PE05_2H09q-DcQ
Meanwhile - ahead of the kick-off of next month's soccer World Cup in South Africa, the United Nations Children's Fund is hoping to stop child-sex exploitation - partnering with MXit, a local mobile-based social networking platform used by millions of youngsters. UNICEF, expressing concerns over increased abuse during the month-long World Cup, has launched its free “Red Card’ information platform: providing important information about child trafficking, child labour, child pornography and other forms of exploitation, as well as on how to keep children safe. MXit users, numbering some 20 million, will also be able to add useful telephone numbers to their contact list in case they are in need of urgent help.
Through the new initiative, "children and young people will be able to access information that is key to their safety, quickly and free of charge," said UNICEF representative Aida Girma. MXit users will also be able to download for their cell phones
UNICEF and Red Card covers and wallpapers for their screens to show their support for child protection.
The concept of the Red Card - a familiar football-warning issued to erring players, was adopted by UNICEF and its partners as the symbol of its national advocacy campaign to curb child exploitation in South Africa. http://allafrica.com/stories/201005270919.html)
Brazilian, S.Korean businessmen saved from Nigerian kidnapping syndicate – German Uwe Gembala still missing
SAPS spokesman Musa Zondi also announced on May 27 2010 that the Hawks' organised crime units of Johannesburg and North Rand, together with Crime Intelligence and the Crime Combating Unit, have managed to rescue two foreign businessmen. The Brazilian and S.Korean men were held captive in a house in Kensington by a Nigerian crime-syndicate in South Africa. The syndicate lures international business people to SA (often with the so-called “Nigerian scam’) and when they arrive in the country, they kidnap the business people to extort money from their companies.
One German businessman, Uwe Gembala, left, owner of his own luxury-car refitting company, has been missing in South Africa since he disappeared after arriving at Johannesburg airport in February 2010 for a business deal. His wife told the German newsmedia that she feared he’d been kidnapped and was being held captive to try and loot funds from his company.
The SAPS said that a South Korean businessman was detained in the same house in Kensington where they had also rescued the Brazilian man. The South Korean was released by the gang on May 19 last week after his company paid $70,000 – which the man’s company was told was for a deposit for a business deal he’d struck. He had been detained for five days.
The Brazilian (58) heads an international company that trades in timber; the S Korean (51) is the president of an international shipping company.
The rescue operation was undertaken by the Hawks' organised crime units of Johannesburg and North Rand alongside Crime Intelligence and the Crime Combating Unit. The businessman was the second one to be detained at this address and police, acting on the information supplied by the earlier detainee monitored this house and swooped in the early hours today for the rescue.
The Brazilian businessman told the SAPS after his rescue that he ‘believed his days were numbered after his captors threatened to kill him.” He was relieved when the police burst in to rescue him - but required treatment: he had been tortured, badly burned on his stomach, chest and feet by his captors with a hot iron.
He was met this morning by police from his country who are in the country for the soccer spectacle and was due to go to hospital afterwards. All of the arrested crime syndicate members hail from Nigeria. They are expected for a remand date in Johannesburg on Monday. Statement issued by Musa Zondi, South African Police Service, May 27 2010
scambusting tips from Interpol:
For some16 years, private individuals, organizations and commercial companies have been receiving unexpected communication through letters and faxes but mainly through e-mails from senders claiming to be Nigerian or African citizens and promising high profitable business. According to the relevant section of the Criminal Code of Nigeria it is referred to as 4-1-9 Fraud. In general, the solicitation for a profitable money deal is very simple and almost always similar:
- The unknown sender of the email or fax purports to be the “family or close friend of a former member of the government or an important and rich businessman who lost his life during political changes “ or due to an accident;
- “Before the person died he deposited a large amount of money in a bank account “ in Nigeria. The alleged amount may vary between 800.000 USD and 100.000.000 USD or more. (In this US woman’s case she was promised a “prize in a lottery which was held in a bank account to which they had access” -- but she first had to pay cash up front to ‘prove her good faith’.).
- The sender of the letter maintains that he has legal access to the account and intends to transfer the money to a foreign account – and that the unknown recipient is the ‘only trustworthy person’. All they need is a foreign bank account number and personal identification particulars… The victims often are told to travel to Nigeria or a bordering country to “complete a transaction”- or to a major city. If ordered to travel to Nigeria, the perpetrators maintain that “a visa is not necessary to enter the country” while arranging with airport officials for the victims to pass through Immigration and Customs. As it is a serious offence in Nigeria to enter without a valid visa, the victim's illegal entry may be used by the fraudsters as more leverage to coerce the victims into releasing funds. Violence, threats of physical harm, even rape are employed to put further pressure on victims. Alternatively, victims might also be asked to travel to a neutral country where the money could be handed over in a hotel room, are then kidnapped and forced to empty out their bank accounts.
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“German team has no place to stay… new Pretoria hotel unsafe”
The responsibility for the fiasco facing the German WC2010 football team – which now has no place to stay – only because their brand-new hotel was built without legal permission or any building- and fire-safety inspections, must be placed squarely on the shoulders of the Pretoria city council" said Fred Nel, the spokesman in Gauteng for the opposition Democratic Alliance party. (German team report).
Nel called for the immediate resignation of ANC-mayor Gwen Ramakgopa – saying that if the ANC-ruled city council had been functioning properly, this embarrassment could have been avoided. “The council's internal processes for approving zonings and building plans are so slow that it has become practice among developers to build first and get approval later.” And the lack of law-enforcement (and fire-safety inspections –ed) by the council made matters even worse: “The council refuses to act against developers who start construction without prior approval. I am afraid that the chickens have come back home to roost. If the council had heeded the DA's calls of the past ten years to bolster its capacity so that zoning applications could be properly dealt with, and more staff to act against illegal building practices, this embarrassing situation could have been prevented".
Nel said the ANC-run Pretoria city council ‘has known for a while now that this hotel was problematic but it failed to act quickly and decisively. “ This, he said, has now created ‘a a major international fiasco for this country just 15 days before the start of the world cup.”
Nel: “More proof that the ANC has driven Pretoria into the ground. This is such an embarrassment that I do not think the Mayor, Gwen Ramakgopa, has any other choice but to resign" Statement issued by Fred Nel, MPL, Democratic Alliance Gauteng local govt spokesman, May 28 2010
Inflow into the Netherlands of migrants from South Africa 1995 to 2002
1995 - 74,703
1996 - 86,183
1997 - 87,145
1998 - 96,423
1999 - 94,177
2000 - 109,033
2001 - 110,254
2002 - 99,808