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- A Stuijt
- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
Terrified ANC-councillors huddle together in closeted meetings in the tiny white community of Kosmos next to the Hartbeespoort dam: all over North West province, ANC-leaders hide behind a wall of police: too terrified to face the growing anger from tens of thousands of angry squatters who demand clean water…
"Long rows of taxis greeted residents in Kosmos on the shore of Hartbeespoort dam - with a large black crowd of protestors gathered at the security gate, chanting and singing - blocked by police from an ANC-run ratepayer meeting at the Kosmos Hall. Kosmos resident Ms Cynthia Rivas told MadibengPulse: “Even from the squatter camp, people were waving sticks and chanting. I felt quite threatened as I was driving home at about 19:10.When I asked what the protest was about, they said the protestors wanted water…”
This week’s satellite pic shows the vile chemically-polluted Hartbeespoort dam next to Magalies, Kosmos and other surrounding communities: there have been massive, increasingly angry crowd scenes from squatter-camp residents who demand clean water from the disfunctional Brits municipality. The squatters were stopped by police from invading a closeted ANC-meeting held well away from the angry crowds in tiny Kosmos community hall. Its few toilets soon overflowed because of the large crowd: the hall was designed for only 200 local ratepayers. The Kosmos ratepayers together own homes which together valued at a total of R650-million and they pay R5,1milion a year to Brits municipality in rates. Yet this small white community now is being overrun by thousands of angry black squatters who live around the dam, and who demand clean drinking water. Under the UN Human Rights convention, access to clean water is a basic human right. The ANC-regime and its unskilled crony-appointees cannot even keep the sewerage plants operating properly – more than 800 of these plants countrywide are non-operative. That’s why major fresh-water resources such as Hartbeespoort Dam now look like this after only 17 years of ANC-hegemony.
Noise of vuvuzelas and loud chanting continued until 2am…
Dolf Dreyer, editor of Madibeng Pulse noted: “Presumably the protestors were demanding clean drinking water in the the taps in their communities”- quoting Mrs Rivas: “The noise of vuvuzelas and people chanting carried on till 02:00 and I couldn’t sleep all night” she said. “I could hear it all because I live in Becklake Street. Imagine if the crowd had come into the village and made that racket all night!”
Meetings by the ruling African National Congress party in North West have been rife with controversy, disruptions, violence and criminal charges laid against against protestors throughout the North West - in towns like Taung, Lichtenburg and Mafikeng, according to SABC reports on Wednesday.
But it’s not clear which communities were involved in the meeting at the Kosmos Hall last week, wrote Dreyer. "A totally different set of problems was highlighted of what happens when a large group makes use of the hall. Perhaps Kosmos residents should also take to the streets - but for a slightly different reason...
“Kosmos hall was seen as a safe venue by the terrified ANC-councillors: away from the protesting masses…”
"Kosmos Community Hall was designed to accommodate only the small number of ratepayers living in Kosmos - and is not designed to house the huge crowds which are attracted by the policitians who are too scared to face up to their own communities in their own townships:
Councillor Marlene Briel of the African-Christian Democratic Party's ward 29, highligted the problems caused by these large crowds: "The meeting last Wednesday was for the ANC who normally have large crowds of contingents, but the tiny Kosmos hall can only accommodate a certain number of people before the sewage overflows. This is a health hazard for the adjacent nursery school (and the church). The choice of venue could not have been made without prior knowledge of these inherent toilet problems caused by overcrowding the hall – so these arrangements may have been made (by the ANC) ' because Kosmos hall was seen as a safe venue, away from the protesting masses," she said.
Men used broken toilet anyway:
One source present at the Kosmos hall said that the ANC meeting started around 10:00 -- and that the men’s toilet was broken even before the meeting. “There was a notice on the door but no one took any notice and just used the toilet!” she told MadibengPulse. The garden outside the hall is filled with weeds and khakibos is growing up the retaining wall in front of the hall. The dreadful state of the community hall is embarrassing for anyone visiting the library, the nursery school or the Chapel Garden or holding any sort of meeting on the premises, says Dreyer in his article.
Similar sewage problems were also experienced by matric-dance pupils at the end of 2010: and the next day the church-goers in the adjacent church were suffering from the stench at the Kosmos Garden Chapel: “The stench from the toilets was terrible, and there was vomit as well!” Ms Rivas told MadibengPulse. "In the hall the curtains hang off their rails, there is no one taking responsibility for the state of the building. It was built by the people of Kosmos and I wish someone could take ownership to look after it.”
Kosmos ratepayers pay around R5,1milion aa year in rates, said Grey Crosby, ex-chairman of he Kosmos Ratepayers and the total value of their homes are rated at R650m in total. " The present state of the communal buildings and surroundings can only depreciate these values. Perhaps the next toi toi session should be the Kosmos residents targeting the municipal offices in Brits...' he said.
Questions are being raised in Dutch parliament about the role played by the Dutch ambassador in Shell Oil Company’s filing for gas-exploration in the environmentally-sensitive Karoo in South Africa…
And even though the environmental-management-impact reports are not even ready yet, the multinational Shell Oil company is quietly contacting individual farmers in the environmentally-sensitive dry Karoo region to 'discuss its plans for gas-exploration', opponents to the Shell plans are warning.
Shell applied to the SA staterun petroleum exploration agency to drill for gas in three areas making up a total of 90,000 square kilometres in the underlying shale-rock of the dry Karoo region. The project is vehemently opposed by farmers, community members and landowners in the Karoo, including landowner Dutch princess Irene, right, as well as billionaire businessman Johann Rupert. The Democratic Alliance in South Africa has called for Shell’s application to be put on hold -- and probing questions are also being asked in Dutch parliament.
The gas in the underlying shale layers would be released by a process known as fracking -- hydraulically cracking open the rock using many millions of liters of water combined with chemicals,; pumped deeply underground to release gas trapped in the underlying shale layers. It would have a horrendous impact on the Karoo’s very scarce fresh water resources underground.
Dutch parliamentarians have also raised ethical concerns: asking for an investigation into the Anglo/Dutch company's apparent lack of environmental and humanitarian worries, and wanting to know what role was played by the Dutch ambassador in SA to help the company apply for its drilling-permits. Dutch Labour MPs Dikkers and Timmermans also noted that even Dutch Princess Irene had openly opposed the Shell drilling plans, pointing out that "with such drilling huge amounts of water are needed, while the Karoo residents suffer from a chronic shortage of fresh water; and harmful chemicals are used int he process which pollute the already scarce underground water supplies'. They demanded an immediate investigation and a report-back to Parliament. (Prinses Irene keert zich tegen plan Shell’ - NRC Handelsblad, Monday 31 Jan 2011.)
Yesterday, Sneeuberg-Agricultural Union chairman Douglas Stern said its 48-member union had appointed Graaff-Reinet lawyer Derek Light as their legal counsel after hearing about the plans - and started hearing about Shell's individual approaches to local farmers. "Initially we thought these one-on-one approaches by Shell to our farmers were just rumours, but then a representative of Golder Associates, Shell's consultant group, phone my house and asked my wife Liz to provide them with the contact-information of all the Sneeuberg-farmers. She told them to contact our lawyer, Mr Light. We never heard from them again.' (Picture left: Karoo anti-fracking campaigner Koos van der Wat, picture by Beeld journalist Marisa Spoormaker).
Light had also stood up in an earlier meeting with about 200 land-owners and warned the farmers that Shell and its consultant-group Golder Associates were 'carrying out an illegal campaign', pointing out that there were 'irregularities' in Shell's application for gas-exploration through the government's agency Petroleum Agency of SA (Pasa); the lack of public-participation in the decision-making process for the environmentally-sensitive region; Shell's inability to provide guarantees that their precious underground water-resources would not be destroyed by the 'hydraulic fracking' process; inadequate environmental-studies and Shell's vagueness as to the chemicals which would be used during the drilling. Immediately after this meeting the Karoo farmers gathered outside and held an impromptu meeting.
Stern pointed out that until the concept-environmental management plan for gas-exploration in the Karoo has been drawn up, Golder Consultants are not even allowed to speak to the farmers to try and influence them. "But now that Shell is suddenly are faced with skilled opposition, they want to speak to us on a one-on-one basis. They figured they could just place their advertisements, hold an ‘information meeting’ and that they would then have done their part. But we don't allow ourselves to be steamrollered like this.'
No law to regulate hydraulic fracking for gas-exploration:
The most important danger to the fragile and bone-dry Karoo is the gas-exploration process' use of hydraulic fracking (breaking subsurface rocks) requiring millions of litres of water to which unknown chemicals would be added - and that the company would have to drill into the precious underground fresh-water acquifers to reach the underlying slate-layer. An even greater worry to Stern and other Karoo land-owners is that there is no law in South Africa which even regulates hydraulic fracking for gas-exploration.
Stern is particularly concerned about the location and treatment of storage sites where those polluted millions of liters of water, mixed with chemicals would go after it is pumped from the boreholes. "In the concept-plan there is no clarity as to what is going to be done with the polluted waste-water. How can one provide any kind of reasonable comment on such vague subjects?' he asked. Other concerns: 'the hellish traffic which will hit the Karoo's roads'. Golder Associates did not comment to Beeld's request for more information.
SAPS concede two more anti-white discrimination cases: agreeing with Labour Court order to retroactively appoint Afrikaner fingerprint-experts Inspectors Emil and Martha Oosthuizen..
Score: Solidarity 8 - ANC-regime 0
Anti-white racism in South African Police a growing concern:
The South African Police Service 's illegal affirmative-action methods to bar whites from the labour market, suffered yet another blow in the Labour Court in Johannesburg yesterday when the court ordered a settlement to retroactively appoint two white fingerprint experts Inspectors Emil and Martha Oosthuizen because the SAPS discriminated illegally by refusing to appoint them. Dirk Hermann of Solidarity trade union says the union now has won eight of its twelve consecutive affirmative action cases filed thus far: with four cases still pending.
Anti-white discrimination in SAPS interfering badly with service-delivery to the public:
In 2009 the alarm was also raised in parliament that the anti-white discrimination were interfering badly with efficient policing by Dr Pieter Mulder, leader of the Freedom Front opposition party. He warned that due to black-racists targetting white police officers, the white officers 'were not able to function properly and moreover are overburdened with case loads from other colleagues who are incompetent.' He also warned that ‘incidents where Police officials act in a racist and prejudiced way against white people and refuse to even open their cases, are becoming a more common appearance. The most well known reported example is that of police constables Mokwena and Mafabatho, of the Odendaalsrus Police Station, who were found guilty of calling a white farmer a "white dog" and said that "all white dogs in South Africa will be killed" when he tried to lodge a crime-docket. (Volksblad 8 January 2009).
Farm murders stats no longer available seperately: In 2009, the FF-plus also slammed the fact that the police-statistics about farm murders 'were no longer available separately.'
Police positions kept vacant rather than hire skilled white officers: Solidarity trade union launched a series of legal challenges against racial discrimination against white police-officers after it was found that in almost all the cases, the “police leadership preferred to keep positions vacant rather than appoint qualified white applicants to fill them”. Captain Renate Barnard, pictured, had twice been recommended for promotion in 2005 and 2006 -- but her advancement was personally blockedfor racist reasons by the then-national commissioner of police, Jackie Selebi.
Hermann: "Yesterday the Labour Court in Johannesburg ordered the SA Police Service to -- retrospectively to March 2009 -- appoint two experienced white police fingerprint-experts, Emil and Martha Oosthuizen - in a settlement reached between Solidarity and the SAPS. The Oosthuizen couple - top fingerprint experts - had applied for reappointment, but their applications were denied with claims that 'their reappointment would not promote racial representation in the SAPS".
Previous anti-white discrimination law suit victories:
Previous victories scored by the trade union were the August 2009 rulings in favour of three white members of the forensic unit of the SAPS; followed by a victory ordering the promotion of Captain Renate Barnard in 2010; the November 2010 victory on behalf of Herman Denysschen from the Department of Correctional Services; and the legal victory on behalf of Johannes Jacobus Deetlefs in February 2011.
Hermann: "In all these cases, members were denied promotions or reappointment in the SAPS and the public service because they were whites: they were denied basic job-rights because of the ANC-regime's affirmative action laws. Solidarity argued in each case that the application of affirmative action was unreasonable and that the SAPS' leaving the positions vacant rather than appointing suitable white candidates had a negative impact on service delivery."
"Solidarity is turning the unreasonable way in which affirmative action is implemented in the SAPS and the public service on its head case by case. The test of all these cases is to determine whether the ideology of absolute racial representivity should be implemented at the expense of service delivery. Not in one case could this ideology withstand the trial by court," Dr. Dirk Herman, Deputy General Secretary of Solidarity, said.
Both Oosthuizens had worked as fingerprint experts at the SAPS since 1990 until their resignation in 2006. Both applied for reappointment in 2008, but were informed that their reappointment had not been approved as it would not promote representivity in the SAPS, even though both of them had attached recommendation letters from senior officials in the SAPS to their applications. In July 2009 they applied for approximately 20 positions separately.
Shortly after this, in January 2010, the SAPS had launched an extensive campaign to 'lure back experts'. They were finally reappointed in August 2010 following this campaign. In terms of the court order the SAPS's records must be adjusted to effect their reappointment retrospectively. The records will consequently indicate that both have been reappointed since March 2009.
Meanwhile, Solidarity is preparing for the appeal of Renate Barnard in the Labour Appeal Court on 4 May. "In our opinion, this case is essential since a higher court will now determine whether affirmative action in South Africa is reasonable or not," Hermann explained. Solidarity believes that the appeal will support the decision of the Labour Court. Statement issued by Dirk Hermann, Deputy General Secretary: Solidarity, March 23 2011
The case which was won yesterday - how the SAPS racially-discriminated against top fingerprint-experts Inspectors Emil and Martha Oosthuizen
23 March 2011 - IN THE LABOUR COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA JOHANNESBURG
CASE NO.: JS1097/09 In the matter between: SOLIDARITY - First Applicant
EMIL JOHAN OOSTHUIZEN - Second Applicant
MARTHA MAGDALENA OOSTHUIZEN - Third Applicant
S A POLICE SERVICE First Respondent
THE MINISTER OF SAFETY & SECURITY N.O. - Second Respondent
THE NATIONAL COMMISSIONER OF THE SA POLICE SERVICE N.O. - Third Respondent
APPLICANTS' STATEMENT OF CLAIM IN TERMS OF RULE 6 OF THE RULES OF THE LABOUR COURT
1. The Applicant will accept notices and service of all documents in this matter at the following address:C/O Eendracht & D.F. Malan Avenue P.O. Box 11760 Kloofsig Centurion, 0046 Fax No (012) 664 1101 Telephone No (012) 644 4300
2. Any of the Respondents who intends opposing the matter must deliver a response within 10 days of service of this statement in terms of sub-rule 6(3) of the Rules of the above Honourable Court, failing which the matter may be heard in that party's absence and an order for costs may be made against that party.
Details of the parties
3.1 The First Applicant is Solidarity, a trade union duly registered in terms of the Labour Relations Act No 66 of 1995 (hereinafter referred to as "the Act") with principal office situated at do DF Malan Avenue and Eendracht Street, Kloofsig, Pretoria.
3.2 In launching this application Solidarity acts on behalf of Mr. and Mrs's Oosthuizen, both being paid - up member of Solidarity, in terms of section 200 of the Labour Relations Act.
3.3 The First Respondent is the South African Police Service established in terms of the South African Police Service Act, an employer as defined in the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995, Pretoria and headed by the Minister of Safety and Security with the following particulars: 231 Pretorius street
Thibault Arcade Pretoria 0001 Private Bag X94 Tel.: (012) 393 7034 Fax: (012) 393 7159
3.4 The Second Respondent is the Minister of Safety and Security EN Mthetwa, cited in his official capacity and represented by the offices of the State Attorney with particulars as follows. 8 Floor Old Mutual Centre 167 Andries Street Pretoria 0001 Private Bag X91 Pretoria 0001
3.5 The Third Respondent is the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service Mr. B. Cele cited in is official capacity and represented herein by the offices of the State Attorney, with particulars as stated above. 4. The abovementioned Honourable Court has jurisdiction to hear this matter by virtue of Section 6 of the Employment Equity Act.
Statement of the facts relied on:
Critical shortage of fingerprint experts:
5.1 The Second Applicant, is a white male previously employed by the SA Police Service (SAPS) from the 1st of January 1990 up and till the 30 of September 2006 when he resigned.
5.2 The Second Applicant was employed by the First Respondent in the rank of Inspector, as a fingerprint expert in the Local Criminal Record Centre.
5.3 During July 2008 the Second Applicant made an appointment with Superintendent Frost from the Local Criminal Record Centre and requested information regarding the procedures for re-enlistment, after which the Second Applicant approached the Local Criminal Record Centre Johannesburg were Senior Superintendent van Vuuren provided the Second Applicant with a letter of recommendation for re-enlistment. The Applicant accordingly applied for re-enlistment on the 18th of August 2008 at the Local Criminal Record Centre Johannesburg, Kempton Park and Springs for positions as fingerprint expert, as well as position advertised in the Sunday newspaper Rapport for Krugersdorp.
5.4 At the time there was a critical shortage of qualified personnel in the specialised tasks synonymous with LCRC activities, which shortage persists to this day
5.5 On a letter dated the 31st of March 2009, the Second Applicant was informed that his profile will unfortunately 'not enhance/improve the current status with regards to employment equity and therefore his application could not be approved'.
5.6 On the 10 of July 2009, the Second Applicant again applied for 20 different positions in the SAPS which were advertised in the Sunday newspaper the Rapport and further indicated that he is also willing to accept positions at the Tokoza, Kwa-Thema and Tsakane stations. Up and till the filing of the Statement of Claim the Second Applicant had no response to his application.
5.7 The Second Applicant remains willing and able to assume the position, in which he would be immediately effective.
5.8 The Applicant referred a dispute to the CCMA and on the 9th of September 2009, Commissioner Radebe issued a certificate that the dispute remained unresolved and accordingly referred it to the Labour Court for adjudication.
Inspector Magda Magdalena Oosthuizen applied for 20 openings - never got a reply
5.9 The Third Applicant, is a white female previously employed by the SA Police Service (SAPS) from the 1st of March 1990 up and till the 31st of March 2006 when she resigned.
5.10 The Third Applicant was employed by the First Respondent in the rank of Inspector, as a fingerprint expert in the Local Criminal Record Centre.
5.11 During July 2008 the Third Applicant made an appointment with Superintendent Frost from the Local Criminal Record Centre and requested information regarding the procedures for re-enlistment, after which the Third Applicant approached the Local Criminal Record Centre Springs were Senior Superintendent Roos provided the Third Applicant with a letter of recommendation for re-enlistment. The Applicant accordingly applied for re-enlistment on the 18th of August 2008 at the Local Criminal Record Centre Springs, Germiston and Kempton Park for positions of fingerprint expert as well as position advertised in the Sunday newspaper, Rapport for position in Krugersdorp.
5.12 At the time there was a critical shortage of qualified personnel in the specialised tasks synonymous with LCRC activities, which shortage persists to this day.
5.13 The Third Applicant received no reasons why the application was denied and it is submitted and it will be argued at the hearing of this matter that the reasons were the same as for the Second Applicant, namely that the Third Applicant's profile will not enhance/improve the current status with regards to employment equity and therefore her application could not be approved.
5.14 On the 1O of July 2009, the Third Applicant again applied for 20 different positions in the SAPS which were advertised in the Sunday newspaper the Rapport, and indicated that she is willing to accept positions at the Tokoza, Kwa-Thema and Tsakane stations. The Third Respondent has however not received any information/reasons from the Respondent for her request for re-enlistment.
5.15 The Third Applicant remains willing and able to assume the position, in which she would be immediately effective.
5.16 The Applicant referred a dispute to the CCMA and on the 9th of September 2009, Commissioner Radebe issued a certificate that the dispute remained unresolved and accordingly referred it to the Labour Court for adjudication.
The legal issues that arise from the above facts:
6.1 whether the Second and Third Applicants were directly discriminated against on the basis of race:
6.2 whether, if the Second and Third Applicants were discriminated against, such discrimination was unfair;
6.3 whether the Respondents are entitled in the circumstances to raise equity targets as a defence to the claim of unfair discrimination, more particularly in circumstances where there were no (qualified) designated candidates and the post was never filled;
6.4 whether the Respondents were required by law to consider the merits of the Applicant's application and, if so, whether they did so;
6.5 whether the Respondents acted arbitrarily, capriciously and/or according to a• wrong principle by refusing to consider the Applicant's appointment solely because it would not "enhance" employment equity targets;
6.6 whether the decision not to appoint the Applicants was taken in terms of an equity plan or policy and, if so, whether that plan or policy was complied with;
6.7 whether, by not appointing the Applicants, the Respondents breached their constitutional obligation to prevent, combat and investigate crime in the most efficient manner possible;
6.8 whether, by not appointing the Applicants, the Respondents have promoted the goal of employment equity in the manner and for the purposes contemplated by the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 ("the EEA") and the Constitution;
6.9 whether, if the Respondents are found to have complied with the requirements of the EEA, that Act is constitutionally compliant;
6.10 whether the Applicants is entitled to relief.
7.1 An order declaring that the Respondents' failure/refusal to appoint the Second and Third Applicants to one of the vacant position in the Local Criminal Record Centre constituted unfair discrimination.
7.2 An order directing the Respondents to appoint the Second and Third Applicants in one if the position at the Local Criminal Record Centre with retrospective effect to the date of 1st March 2009.
An order directing the Respondents to pay the Second and Third Applicants compensation in the amount that the Court deems fit to grant.
7.3 Directing the Respondent to take steps to prevent the same unfair discrimination or a similar practice occurring in future in respect of other white applicants.
7.4 Publication of the Court's order in the event of the Applicant being successful.
7.5 Such further and/or alternative relief as the Honourable Court deems fit to grant.
Schedule of documents
9. Attached is a schedule of documents, which are material and relevant to the issue.
SIGNED AND DATED AT CENTURION ON THIS 21ST DAY OF OCTOBER 2009