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- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
29 September 2011. Democratic Alliance MP Lindiwe Mazibuko warns that 'the vast majority of the black beneficiaries of the 'land redistribution' scheme' are merely 'tenants on state-owned land"
Mazibuko: "The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform's 2010/11 annual report has revealed that 85.6% of land purchased from land-owners for the purposes of land reform has been transferred to land claimants under leasehold, while only 14.4% of claimants have been awarded full ownership rights.According to the annual report, a total of 322,844.9931hectares of land was ' transferred to beneficiaries ' in the 2010/11 financial year. However - these 'beneficiaries' remain very poor and cannot improve their land because some 85% of them remain tenants on state-owned land.
And such tenants on State-owned land cannot use their 'land-rights' as collateral to borrow with banks to improve their land-parcels with because the land belongs to the State,
Mazibuko points out"Not only does this prevent the land from being used as loan collateral, but it acts as a disincentive for claimants to invest in the land's productive capacity. Without the freedom and stability to invest in their properties, claimants are consigned to the status of tenants, and have no incentive to make improvements to the land they have acquired since they bear neither the risk nor the reward associated with running a successful business. Why would claimants devote time and resources to investing in land that is not theirs? This effectively means that the true spirit of the purpose of land reform - the returning of land rights denied during apartheid and the colonial era to black claimants with full ownership rights - is not being adhered to..."
The Democratic Alliance (DA) will soon be making its submission on the Land Reform Green Paper. The Department has today indicated that the deadline for submissions is 31 October. Central to this will be the proposal that the Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy (PLAS), which facilitates the transferring of land to claimants under leasehold, be scrapped. It is essential that all land is transferred with full ownership rights, together with the requisite skills training and financial support, to ensure that land reform is a success."
Eyewitness accounts of current local farm-production, Oct 2011:
Pieter Oosthuizen commented on Oct 6 2011 that his sister drove last weekend from Jan Kempdorp to Johannesburg – and that along the entire 400km distance, there only were three farms still planted with food-crops. “It used to be one continuous display of productive farms the entire distance. Now, most of the land has been torched and covered in weeds.’
Stephanie Vouros “driving to Witbank on Oct 5 2011, one could only discern barren earth. Outside Ogies there used to be lush farm-lands, now it’s just barren soil as far as the eye can see. Almost as if all the farmers decided to stop planting altogether, or they have been murdered. The farm-houses have broken-out windows and there’s no livestock – and right up to Middelburg it was the same dismal scenery. We are facing a massive famine.’
FARMERS WANT SELF-DEFENCE COMMANDOS
LIMPOPO Letsitele Valley – Local farmers urge reinstatement of the self-defence rural commando system after there were another five farm-murders in their region in February. The latest two farmers to be murdered in South Africa are Belgian farmer Etienne Cannaerts (61), kidnapped and found with his throat slashed near Ellisras/Lephalale on Friday. A day later farm manager Paul Dunn (49), of Constantia Citrus Products in the Letsitele valley outside Tzaneen was shot dead during a fierce gunfight with three attackers inside his homestead. A total of five people were murdered on Limpopo farms in February said Dr. Theo de Jager, vice-president of Agri SA. “People are angry. Many farmers phone me, demanding for the reinstatement of the (citizen-volunteer) commando system.”
The Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa wants the SAPS to acknowledge the legality of their volunteer farm-watch system ‘s use of green flashing lights on their patrol vehicles. “The police insist that green patrol lights are ‘illegal’ and have clashed with TAU-SA several times about their use’, said TAU-SA in a statement issued after the latest farmmurders in Limpopo.
Local farmer Japie Ellis of the Lephalale area told Beeld newspaperthat Belgian-born farmer Etienne Cannaerts probably was attacked and kidnapped after he had opened his farm gate upon his return from offloading his workers on Friday. “The attackers drove Cannaerts in his own vehicle to a water-pan on the farm, his hands and feet were tied up and his throat was then cut. “His body was found that night on a remote farm road,’ said Ellis. Police superintendent Ronel Otto confirmed that nothing was robbed.
A family friend of the Cannaerts couple Mr Marco Ruiter said the murderwas ‘gruesome. “Cannaerts and his wife Ingrid lived on the farm for the past six years. They do not have South African citizenship. We do not want to talk about it. Mr Cannaerts’ body is being shipped to Belgium for a post-mortem examination and he will be buried there,’ said Ruiter.
And Dries Enslin, chairman of Agri-Letaba, said that farm manager Paul Dunn, left, died in the ensuing gunfight after he more than likely was alerted to three attackers breaking into his homestead again – and in the firefight Dunn injured one attacker before he was shot dead. The farm manager was shot in the chest, neck, right arm and back. Superintendent Otto said ‘various household goods were stolen’. The injured attacker was traced by his blood trail followed by local farmers who also used a private helicopter to locate the injured gunman. He’s now under police guard at a local hospital.
Enslin said that in this region alone a total of twelve crime-incidents occurred in the past ten days on Letsitele farms. said Doors Le Roux chairman of TAU-SA in the district. They have asked for an urgent meeting with the local ANC-MEC in charge of security for Limpopo province and police commissioner cdr. Calvin Sengani to ‘discuss the issue’. The Letsitele-area farmers participate in the sector-policing programme of the SAPS and have a ‘good relationship’ with the local police – but that much more obviously needs to be done.As it happens Agri-SA is holding a crime-conference in Centurion on Monday in which the lack of security on farms countrywide will also be ‘discussed’ with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
Thomas Ferreira, 18, suffered horrendous injuries and is fighting for his life and in a coma after he was hit by the official blue-light BMW of Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi – yet a week later, the allegedly ‘bullying’ government-driver has yet to be charged -- despite many witnesses…
PICTURES OF ACCIDENT SCENE INCLUDE PHOTO OF DRIVER GETTING FROM HIS OFFICIAL BMW -- license Nr BB-25-YH-GP -- TO INSPECT THE DAMAGE; WITNESSES PEET AND LIZANNE VAN WYK SAID THE DRIVER ‘COMPLETELY IGNORED THE CHILD HE’D JUST KNOCKED DOWN’…
No charges yet for driver of MEC's blue-light BMW who (allegedly) ran down Thomas Feirrera on Saturday, Nov 4 2011
2011-11-10 Picture: the driver of MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's luxury BMW X5 is well-known in Krugersdorp for his high-speed, rude behaviour in traffic, witnesses say … and when he got out of the car, he never even glanced at the critically-injured Afrikaner youth he’d run down: he merely went to inspect the damage to the car, witnesses say.
Louise Ferreira, Beeld journalist, is writing that ‘the driver who ran down Thomas Ferreira, 18, of Krugersdorp on his bike Saturday, has not been charged. SAPS lt.col Katlego Mogale says 'statements have not yet been taken from witnesses'. Mogale told Ferreira that 'a case of reckless and negligent driving is being investigated, but that ‘the man would not be arrested but a warning would be issued for him to appear in court ".
Thomas, still in a coma with suspected brain-damage, is meanwhile undergoing surgery on his badly damaged arm and a leg, said his uncle Johan Ferreira.
And while the officials of the Gauteng provincial government including premier Nomvula Mokonyane continue to confirm that MEC Mmemezi was inside the high-speed, blue-light official vehicle, he himself insists that he was not in the car. Ms Mokonyane had said in an extraordinary interview with the news media outside the Ferreira family home that the MEC 'was inside the car but was immediately whisked away from the accident scene by body-guards' and 'rushed to an urgent meeting in Krugersdorp.' Krugersdorp residents Lizanne and Peet van Wyk and other witnesses said this was however not the case; that the driver 'definitely was alone inside the vehicle." Mrs van Wyk told Ferreira that: 'it's not possible that he could have been sitting on the back seat. He would have needed medical treatment. And what about his bodyguards? We would have seen them too". Other witnesses such as George Stander of Cape Town who was with a group of friends that night, said the same thing: "There were three people in shorts who climbed from a taxi. Don't tell me those were bodyguards. Those were the only people we saw around (the driver).'
Stander's friend Niel Muller of Krugersdorp agreed: It was Muller who took the photographs of the accident scene: Ferreira's bike, the government-BMW and also photographed the driver getting out of the BMW alone.
Another friend in this group also said he 'walked past the BMW to look at the damage. "There was no-one on the front seat. "On the left rear window the airbag had expanded and there was no-one on the rear seat, unless it was a very tiny person hiding in the car-boot, there was no-one'. The Premier’s spokesman Xoli Mngambi however still insisted when speaking to Ms Ferreira that the MEC had been inside the car. Asked by Beeld why Mmemezi and his driver had not gone over to the badly injured Thomas Ferreira, Mngambi said: "they did not want to interfere in the CRIME SCENE...' He also refused to say what could have been so urgent for the MEC's official to rush at high speed through a red-light at the intersection with their blue-lights flashing. "It forms part of the official police-investigation and we cannot divulge that information,' Mngambi said.
Meanwhile a worker at a Krugersdorp insleepdiens, Frik Niemand, said he often parks his van at the corner of Shannon- and Voortrekker Road where Ferreira was run over. A speed-camera is installed there, and the camera records that particular BMW X5 day and night. 'The man nearly run me off the road once,' he said. Yet people are too terrified to testify against this government-driver in court about his allegedly bullying, high-speed behaviour in traffic. "If people don't get out of his way, he blasts away on his car-horn, curses and shouts. He recognised the driver from pictures published in Beeld. "He often drives on Voortrekker Road and he NEVER drives slowly,' he emphasized.
Nov 8 2011 - RANDFONTEIN. Matric pupil Thomas Ferreira, 18, is in a coma with horrific facial and body-injuries, including suspected brain damage; after being knocked down - allegedly by the official blue-light BMW of a Gauteng MEC over the weekend. The accident scene was photographed by witnesses who immediately published the details. The accident pictures below were recorded by witness Niel Muller -- who sent them for publication to the Afrikaans news media.
The Krugersdorp Afrikaans high school pupil was on his way to his girlfriend’s home in Randfontein on his motorbike on Sunday-morning when the youth was hit by an official vehicle of the Gauteng province’s ANC-MEC for local government and housing, Humphrey Mmemezi. The vehicle was a white BMW X5. (picture)
Irate witnesses said the black driver of the blue-light BMW 'did not even look at the child he'd knocked down: he got out to look at the damage to his car'. The driver was not part of any official convoy. Official spokesmen could provide no explanation as to why he was using his flashing blue light when he passed a taxi on the left of the yellow line, jumped the red traffic light and crashed into the Afrikaner youth riding his motorbike (below) Afterwards, after he’d climbed from the car and inspected the damage, the driver of the BMW was taken to hospital with claimed ‘neck and back injuries and trauma’(picture above)
Family says Thomas is in a critical condition in the ICU of the Krugersdorp Hospital. He has a fractured arm and leg, several facial fractures, and swelling and haemorrhaging of the brain. His parents, Paul and Priscilla Ferreira, said on Monday he is in a coma and on a ventilator. "The hospital phoned this morning [Monday] to say they were going to perform an operation to insert a monitor in his brain and relieve the pressure," Ferreira said. "After the operation the doctor phoned to say it looks as if there is serious brain damage."
Witnesses Peet and Lizanne van Wyk were also on their way to Randfontein when they saw the accident take place. "We were in the turning lane and there was a taxi on our left. The guy in the BMW overtook the taxi on the left on the yellow line. He jumped the red robot," said Lizanne van Wyk. "He had no sirens, but did have flashing blue lights. Then I just heard a crash."We wanted to turn when I shouted to my husband to stop, because the guy had knocked down a child on a motorcycle," she said. According to Van Wyk, the man "did not even look at the child"."He got out and looked to see what the damage was to his car."The Van Wyks then phoned an ambulance. They said the driver was by himself in the vehicle and was not part of a convoy. It was reported earlier that Mmemezi was also in the vehicle. But Victor Moreriane, Mmemezi's spokesman said that 'according to police at the scene that was not the case." The driver - fit enough to get out and look at the damage to the BMW', nevertheless was also "admitted to hospital for shock, neck and back injuries". Moreriane said 'the circumstances leading to the accident cannot be confirmed until the driver has been discharged and has made a statement. "For the same reason he also cannot say why the driver apparently had the blue lights on, since the MEC was not in the vehicle. " Thomas' girlfriend, Chanel Kloppers, 16, a Grade 11 pupil, said he was on his way to her home so she could help him study. "We usually give him about 45 minutes to get to us, but this time he was taking much longer. I tried to phone him, but his phone was off. "I then phoned his mother on my mother's phone and just heard, 'Annemarie, Thomas was in a very serious accident'." Chanel's mother, Annemarie van Wyk, said they could not get through to the Ferreiras again. They then phoned the Krugersdorp Hospital, where they heard he had been admitted. "On the way to the hospital we were driving past the scene of the accident and didn't even think that was it," said Chanel."Then we saw the orange of his motorbike…
Other incidents were Afrikaners were deliberately run down in traffic: