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- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
Why are 8,000 black ANC-youth league members – all civilians – getting recruited for military-training at SANDF bases … and why are white youths excluded?
2011-07-30 LUTHULI HOUSE, JOHANNESBURG – Afrikaner-civil rights group AfriForum lodges an urgent law suit under the Freedom of Information Act tomorrow, to force the defence minister to reveal the truth about the controversial military-training scheme of the ANC youth league, called “Narysec”. The DA-parliamentarianDavid Maynier is raising the issue in the parliamentary standing commission for defence." This programme poses a huge risk for the defence force because it can be used far too easily as a backdoor to provide militia-training for the AnC youth league,' said Maynier. “The parliamentary standing committee was never informed about this. “
Afriforum demands to know the exact role played by the SANDF in providing advanced two-year military training courses to such civilian youngsters; and demands to know the exact manner in which these youngsters are being recruited. The first group of 1000 of the "Narysec' corps are reporting to the Saldanha military base for military training from tomorrow, on May 1 2011. Another 1,000 are scheduled for Oct 1 -- and at least 8,000 black youths have been identified as suitable for the training scheme.
Each recruit – aged from 18 to 35 years-- must have Grade Ten educational levels, will be trained at military bases for two years and receive a monthly salary of R1,320 plus food, lodging and transport costs, confirmed rural affairs spokesman Eddie Mohoebi.
Uhuru (which is the Freedom cry screamed by Kenyan killers of white British farmers 30 years ago) spelled out in large white rocks at De Brug military base, Bloemfontein: May 2010
Some 600 ‘Narysec’ recruits have already received military training at the De Brug military base near Bloemfontein. Its commander last year caused widespread fear amongst the Afrikaner and Boer communities by instructing his soldiers to paint the word “Uhuru’ on boulders overlooking the highway to Bloemfontein. Above: pictures of the temporary military encampment of the 14th Batallion whose soldiers had painted the word Uhurur. Photographs: Emile Hendricks, Volksblad. That newspaper’s journalist Charles Smith noted that especially the local Afrikaner farmers and the Afrikaner community around the military base all felt very threatened by this act, noting that Uhuru for their ethnic-minority is a particularly ‘politically-loaded word especially after the gruesome murder just days earlier on Ventersdorp farmer Eugene Terre’Blanche, leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging. Uhuru is the Swahili word widely used in Africa to generally indicate the ‘freedom struggle against colonialism’. However its basic premise underlying this word, is that 'Africa only belongs to black Africans'.
Who is behind the modern Uhuru movement and its anti-white hate-speech radio?AfriForum is using the Freedom of Information act to obtain a court-order to force defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu to reveal the manner of recruitment of these youth-militias.
There is a very active Uhuru-movement among black Africans including in Zimbabwe and South Africa, run by the “African Peoples Socialist Party” – and which broadcasts a constant stream of anti-Western and anti-Semitic hatespeech all over the world, also to South Africa: http://uhurunews.com/radio/?tzoffminutes=-120 Uhuru radio says on its website that they represent ‘the African liberation movement to unite the struggles of African people towards victory and independence in our lifetime.” Inside South Africa, they are supported by the Pan Africanist Congress Party of Azania and its militant organisations. They refer to South Africa as “Azania’ and believe that only ‘black Africans should be allowed to live and work on the African continent’. They also have a large following amongst the ANC youth league’s Blackwash group – which mimics their propaganda.
Uhuru Radio receives financial and activist-support from the United States of America, mainly from a group of white women who call themselves the “African People’s Solidarity Committee” (click on picture above) and which is chaired by radical Marxist anti-war activist Mrs. Penny Hess in the USA. Her viewpoint - as viewed on this video - seems to be that all poor people are black and that it’s the fault of all the white people that blacks are poor. Her viewpoint can be seen by clicking on the picture above . http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2010/05/sa-soldiers-threaten-with-uhuru-more.html
‘ WALL OF AGGRESSION ” BY ANC-MINISTERS
Afriforum has repeated asked for more information ever since the military-training scheme for ANC youth league members – which is completely funded by the taxpayers -- started leaking out in the local media. Afriforum ran into a ‘wall of aggression’ whenever they tried to find out more. For instance, on May 3, 2011, Charl Oberholzer, the national chairman of the Afriforum youth league, was accosted with ‘aggression’ by black staffers (photo below) while visiting the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu’s office. Afriforum youth league members were there to hand in a petition, asking the Minister to explain – again under the Freedom of Information Act – whether, why and which ANC youth league members were recruited for military training at Saldanha military base; for which purpose; and when these facts were going to be published. “We ran into a wall of aggression’, our legitimate request for information was “rejected as unnecessary’ and the media’s presence was aggressively condemned. We were told that ‘the minister did not have time to have to explain themselves to Afriforum youths,” said Oberholzer ( below) in a statement afterwards.
Oberholzer was rudely accosted by a Sisulu office staffer at the Department of Rural and Land reform - with the Afrikaner pointing out the official that by law, they had to make this information known to the public. We demand to know the manner in which these trainees were recruited, what their political affiliations are, the exact details of the training programme, the composition of the National Rural Youth Service and what their purpose would be,’ he said. He was bluntly told that ‘Minister Sisulu did not have time to answer questions from Afriforum youths.’ The minister has said in the past that the civilian-military training scheme was undertaken to ‘train the youths as rural census-takers’. The census is over - yet the training still continues...
“Article 199(7)(b) of the Constitution of South Africa very clearly indicates that no political party may be advanced by the security forces. To prevent that South Africa – as is done in the neighbouring Zimbabwean dictatorship – trains political recruits and undermines the country’s welfare, it it crucial exactly for what purpose the National Rural Youth Service Corps is being trained,’ he said. link
The Democratic Alliance asked: "The defence force says it is not responsible for the recruitment of the Narysec volunteers. So how would the defence force know whether they are recruited from ANC youth league ranks, or not? South Africa cannot afford to infringe on the impartiality of the defence force in this manner'.
Afriforum lawyer Willie Spies said their court application will demand Sisulu reveal the following:“These non-military youths will become our Agents of Change… ‘ – Rural affairs minister Gugile Nkwinti
* The manner in which members were recruited to participate in the militia-training programme;
* whether recruits are affiliated with any specific organisation or political party; Narysec’s organisational structure and its true purpose;
* What Narysec's constitution entails, and whether it follows the black-economic-empowerment laws (requiring 6% white participation)
* The exact curriculum and study-material which is used in this training-programme;
* which courses are included in the training-programme.
In June the minister of land affairs Gugile Nkwinti told his portfolio's parliamentary committee that 'Narysec helps large numbers of rural youths who have no hope.'' (writes Rapport journalist Runé Kitshoff.) "What should we have done given our high unemployment levels. What do you do with a young Army which has never worked, and does not know what work is? What kind of moral authority or position can we demand if they become criminals and we have done nothing? 'he asked. "We send them to the defence force for two months for character-building - as non-military personnel - and they will become our agents of Change. Then we have moral authority'.
Each recruit must have Grade Ten educational levels, be aged 18s to 35 years, will be trained for two years and receive a monthly salary of R1,320 plus food, lodging and transport costs,said rural affairs spokesman Eddie Mohoebi, wrote Rapport.
Shocking video footage shows the unconstitutional use of the SA military to patrol civilian streets and attack, arrest unarmed foreign traders: SA pres Jacob Zuma was slammed for usingthe SANDF on the streets of Johannesburg and Khayelitsha in Cape Town. The SAPS’ stated reasons for using soldiers were that they carried out raids on ‘illegal’ foreign traders: thus these xenophobe SA cops, soldiers and firemen were seen firing tear gas, stun grenades, attacking, beating and chasing away terrified unarmed foreign traders in downtown Johannesburg at gunpoint, and soldiers even arrested a human rights worker; they were also filmed breaking open and removing shops’ contents without any legal search warrants and other human-rights violations.
Jan 12 2012 – Picture above: a hapless taxi-driver was dragged to a puddle and ordered to swim by SA military patrolling the streets of downtown Johannesburg, purportedly as part of ‘Operation Festive Season’ with the police and fire department. ‘There was no state of emergency announced by the SA president to use the SANDF – which is a Constitutional requirement before soldiers can start patrolling civilian areas. Two video clips show the brutality with which these xenophobic soldiers and police-officers attacked the shops of unarmed foreign traders, fired tear-gas and stun-grenades. And Johannesburg journalist Yusuf Omar reported that a human rights worker was arrested for photographing a South African soldier beating up a foreign shopkeeper with the butt of his R4 rifle.
Below: Video one by Adrian de Kock: Jan 12 2012 - The crowds in downtown Johannesburg's Jeppe Street scatter after police threw a stun grenade into the unarmed group of people. The SA Police Service and the SA National Defence Force were 'raiding' the shops of unarmed foreign traders in the area, for reasons unknown:accompanied by the military, the local metro-cops and the fire brigade. This mob of uniformed men broke open the shops, using axle grinders and crow bars. Video. Adrian de Kock
January 12 2012 - VIDEO TWO BELOW by Yusuf Omar: A taxi driver was dragged into a puddle and ordered to swim because he laughed at a police officer. A woman was pepper-sprayed and beaten with a stick because she wanted to close her shop. And a human rights worker had his phone confiscated and was arrested for taking photographs of a soldier beating a shopkeeper with the butt of his R4 assault rifle.Parts of down Joburg resembled a war zone on Thursday as the SA National Defence Force, the SAPS Tactical Response Team and customs officials took part in "Operation Festive Season" for a second day on Thursday- To reuse content contact Yusuf Omar on (+27) 0822652133 or email email@example.com
UNIFORMED SOUTH AFRICAN SOLDIERS BREAKING OPEN AND LOOTING SHOPS OF CIVILIAN FOREIGN TRADERS IN JOHANNESBURG
Military forces deployed in civilian areas are Constutitional violations: also in 2011:
January 24 2012 SA Pres Jacob Zuma has come under fire for flouting constitutional requirements over the deployment of the military in civilian areas.Letters sent by the Presidency to Speaker Max Sisulu informing Parliament about three major deployments last year authorised by Zuma showed that they were sent between three and six weeks after their respective deployments had commenced.
The constitution requires that only the president can authorise the deployment of the military, and also that Parliament must be informed “promptly and in appropriate detail” by the president about the deployment. Opposition Party Democratic Alliance wrote to Sisulu requesting him to act against Zuma for “repeated failure to respect Parliament’s standing in relation to defence force deployments”. DA MP David Maynier said letters from Zuma tabled in Parliament yesterday showed how constitutional provisions were violated during the deployments as Zuma “failed to inform Parliament about the details of deployments”.
The three deployments of the SA National Defence Force occurred in 2011:
- Over the festive season, in co-operation with the SAPS between November 1, 2011 until January 1, 2012;
- During COP17, with the SAPS, from November 21 to December 11 last year.
- In the Democratic Republic of Congo from November 23 to December 7, 2011.
“The president also failed to comply with the Defence Act of 2002 in that he did not, as prescribed in section 18(4) of that act, provide any information as to expenditure incurred or expected to be incurred by the employment of the SANDF,” Maynier said.He added that Zuma’s letters showed that Ndivhuwo Mabaya, the latest spokesman for the defence ministry, “had no idea what he was talking about when he reportedly claimed last week that the festive season deployment of the defence force was authorised by a presidential proclamation made in 2001 or 2002”.
Maynier was referring to a Cape Times article in which legal experts slammed recent deployments of the military in civilian areas as “unconstitutional” and “intimidatory”.The article referred to the following incidents of military deployment in Cape Town and Johannesburg:
- In Lavender Hill in November, to quell a flare-up of gang violence.
- l In Claremont, as part of a crime-prevention operation last month.
- l At Khayelitsha District Hospital this month, when two armoured vehicles and a number of armed soldiers monitored a protest;
- l In Johannesburg, a human rights worker had his phone confiscated and was arrested for taking photographs of a soldier beating a shopkeeper with a rifle.
“ Imagine every time the SAPS want to call on soldiers, they must call on the president…’
Defending these deployments, Mabaya was quoted as saying that a proclamation from “2001 or 2002” enabled “soldiers to do anything, as long as they are asked by police”. “Imagine if every time the police want to to call on soldiers, they must call on the president,” he said. However, it is clear from Zuma’s letters that a specific authorisation is, in fact, required. In the article, constitutional law Professor Pierre de Vos pointed out that the notion of a blanket authorisation of employment of the defence force “subverted the meaning of the constitution or law”.De Vos said the section of the constitution was “to prevent the situation (which) occurred in apartheid, when the military was used against civilians”.The SA National Defence Force Union has also weighed in on the controversy, issuing a statement saying the deployment of soldiers into civilian areas was unlawful and unconstitutional. Bongani Majola, a spokesman in the Presidency, referred queries to the Department of defence.