Wednesday, July 29, 2015

South Africa ANC Is the Hope of the Hopeless


South Africa
The African National Congress (ANC) ruling party of South Africa is the hope of the hopeless or is this party determined on keeping people oppressed? It is time to wipe the slate clean and disinfect all the stench from the fattened ANC government by replacing the ruling party with a refreshing new government that focuses on governance and accountability. The name of the new party is not of primary concern; it is the act of cleaning out the scourge that has become significantly more critical to the future security of the country.
Do Africans enjoy being slaves to drugs, alcohol, and poverty? The physical chains were removed when the ANC become the first democratic government of South Africa, but the mental chains still keep people oppressed. The Africans are still enslaved in a hopeless situation.
Over the weekend at the Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, while spectators gathered to watch a rugby game, the police beat a black man for attempting to enter the stadium. The four officers were identified as an Indian, colored and two black men. Were the officers racist? Another incident occurred during the game that was clearly racist when white people did not feel comfortable with blacks being seated close by. In these examples, the racial division between the different cultures openly express a desire to stay apart; this a desperate situation that calls for immediate action and unity among the people.
The freedom given to the majority when the ANC came into power was not voluntarily given. The ANC, the oppressor, keeps the hopelessness alive by keeping South Africa in an oppressed (or repressed) state. Will the act of a rebellion change the system? The greed, manipulation, and extreme poverty escalates while the elite continues to benefit. South Africans deserve better – a new government committed to governing with accountability will help unchain the mental enslavement.
The ANC government fought the apartheid system to give the people their freedom. The years of struggle to achieve a free society appear to have not been fully realized yet.  The ANC continues to keep people oppressed, and brainwashed into believing South Africa is a democratic country. After 21 years, South Africa still has townships, a reminder of the old apartheid system, where people are forced to live in undesirable and unhygienic conditions. The ANC government has apparently ignored the plight of the poor by keeping the majority uneducated and plagued with poverty, all while boasting about the transformation that is occurring. What transformation?
During elections in South Africa, the ANC will spend millions on food parcels to give to the poor coupled with empty promises. The poor oppressed people are the support base for the ANC which is focused on the elite while keeping these people brainwashed and uneducated. The humble attitude of the poor has only one thought, and that is how the leaders of the ANC left the country, families and friends to live in a foreign land and fight for freedom. There is no other liberating action the oppressed people know, and the ANC has craftily kept the people chained in mental enslavement.
The lies and deceit spread by the ANC are placing the black man deeper into debt, poverty, and helplessness. All are occurring under a pretense of empowerment. South Africa will be crippled and weakened in a few years if something does not change now. The ANC, the liberating party, abandoned the majority years ago. It is time for the people to shake off the shackles of helplessness and demand the right to live a life without oppression.
The future of the younger generation is at stake, and if the ANC government continues to control and manipulate the poor, there will be no bright future in a democratic country. Swift action and demand for accountability must be the order of the day, the people who placed the ANC into power have every right to live a life free from bonds of poverty.The years of struggle against apartheid should not be in vain. The people have earned the right for a government that holds the suffering people’s interests sacred. A government that works incessantly to address the deteriorating standard of living for the growing numbers of impoverished people in South Africa, the land of the still oppressed.
Opinion by Menzi Solomon Shange and Laura Oneale
PUBLISHED TODAY ON THE GUARDIAN LV 


Opinion by Menzi Solomon Shange and Laura Oneale

Sunday, July 26, 2015

South Africa Corruption From Apartheid to the ANC

South Africa
South Africa is a corrupt country more so now under the African National Congress (ANC) party than under the apartheid era. The apartheid regime ruled from 1948 to 1994, a total of 44 years and the ANC party have been in power for 21 years. Under the apartheid regime, there was corruption but nothing compared to the vast amount of corruption under the ANC government over the last 21 years. The apartheid government had ample time to launder money from state resources, knowing that the regime was to be dismantled and passed onto the ANC leadership.
The Apartheid regime was known for its secrecy, and many dealings took place without a trace. The few deals that have been in the public eye is enough to realize that corruption happened during apartheid. The many transfers of land from inhabitants to Sol Kerzner were he paid bribes and ivory trading by the defense force. Loans amounting to billions of rands from the reserve bank to Banks, which PW Botha failed to investigate.
During the CODESA meetings in the late 1980s, everybody involved, including typists and junior trade union officials became multimillionaires overnight. All came back to tell the story of how ANC had inherited a near bankrupt state, yet failed to disclose how personal wealth was accumulated and nobody saw anything wrong with the sudden status change.
Nelson Mandela was elected the president of South Africa in 1994 and did not waste time in distributing state assets. The massive oil reserves kept at Walvis Bay, and worth millions were given to Namibia for free, despite South Africa allegedly being a near-bankrupt country and everybody turned a blind eye. There were no consequences for the millions of mining royalties stolen.
An Iraqi oil for food sanction busting scandal allegedly involving Mbeki’s wife, washed under the bridge: There were a few newspaper headlines, regarding the mysterious death of Sandi Majali and then the story disappeared. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gave the R14 Million Sarafina 2 HIV/AIDS funding program to Mbongeni Ngema, once again, followed by a few newspaper headlines and no consequences. The R90 million of public servants’ pension money granted to Smuts Ngonyama’s Elephant Consortium to buy Telkom Shares and sell them, no consequences.
The Arms deal amounting to billions, no consequences other than Tony Yengeni and Schabir Shaik taking the blame. The ANC earned hundreds of millions from building never-ending power stations for government through Chancellor House, without any consequences. Limpopo provincial government practically run into the ground and there were no consequences. Nkandla, the homestead of President Jacob Zuma, a never ending story without any consequences. Millions were given to the Gupta family through government advertising and direct funding to run the New Age newspaper and host a Television breakfast show. No, consequences.
The Public Broadcaster runs as a ruling party propaganda mouthpiece, nobody sees anything wrong with this. The Sekunjalo sea patrol tender worth millions without any consequences. The Guptas landing at a security Airforce Base for a wedding was without blame: Bruce Kholoane being paid tax money to accept responsibility, another sham. South African money was used to fund Cuba’s annual budget and nobody saw anything wrong. Clayson Monyela is allegedly paying mashonisas with South African tax money, there are no consequences.
Oversized trains at PRASA a waste of taxpayers funds, no not according to the ANC government: Gwede Mantashe and Blade Nzimande insult judges to divert attention away from the corruption that has no ending. The ANC is a corrupt government, and over the past 21 years of governing South Africa, the ANC have proved there is no end to the corruption.
Apartheid was incredibility wrong and should never have happened, yet apartheid cannot be used as an excuse to tolerate what the ANC regime is doing to South Africa. ANC corruption versus apartheid crime and the ANC has won outright by proving how devious the democratic government is. The ANC are taking South Africa down the tubes through corruption.
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South Africa Whites Only Town

Read the article written by TNO staff and view the outstanding photos of this whites only town. Exceptions of course are that English speaking whites in South Africa do not qualify to live in Orania, a town within the the South African border which is only for people identified as Afrikaner.

Orania, a town with no crime, murder or rape. The blacks do not have any historical rights to that area and probably not a threat to the rest of South Africa. The Afrikaner will transform Orania in an oasis, like Israel has done in the Middle-east. New shopping centers, golf course, farms are being built and without any help from outside, all done by whites for Afrikaner whites only. Such a pity that there is division between the minority group - English and Afrikaans.

South Africa: Is Orania the Only Hope for a Better Future? 

Recently, Orania, a town in the Northern Cape, South Africa has been receiving a lot of attention as the only hope for a better future. Twenty years into a democracy and Orania remains a “whites only” town. Orania attracts more residents annually and the population growth is climbing at 10 percent a year.
Orania is a town for white people who identify themselves as Afrikaners. The town is peaceful, safe and home to more than 1,000 people. It is a small community where everybody is friendly, helpful and radiates an authentic Afrikaans culture.
Carel Boshoff, son-in-law of former South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd established Orania in 1990. Almost 40 Afrikaner families bought the dilapidated town, from the Government Department of Water Affairs. Orania is an arid region along the Orange River.
Carel Boshoff claimed white minority rule was immoral and black power was inevitable. The establishment of Orania is for the Afrikaners to have a town of their own. The aspect of keeping the Afrikaner language and culture alive was the main purpose for creating Orania. The concept of being governed by the practices and traditions of the Afrikaner heritage dominated the design.
Non Afrikaners are not allowed to work in Orania. There is a culture of keeping the Afrikaner language intact and forbidding the oppression of forcing their children to speak English. Formed on the method of creating a stronghold for Afrikaners, Orania continues to flourish as a growing town of cultural heritage. The primary objective is to create an Afrikaner majority in the North-Western Cape and encourage establishment of similar towns. In many ways, Carel Boshoff’s Afrikaner state is considered to be similar to Israel by offering refuge to a distinct ethnic group from all over the world.
Self Determination and sustained growth are strong factors from within this exclusive group of people. The building of Orania from zero to a thriving town, boasting of almost zero crime is admirable. In fact, Orania does not even have a police station. Tourism is an advancing industry within the small town and the rapid growth within the tourism boundaries are expanding.
Orania boasts two excellent schools focusing on Afrikaans, history and Christian education. The teaching system is self driven and often criticized as being an unorthodox method in comparison to the education system of South Africa. Its citizens are proactive and respecting the environment is a key factor. Clear visions, conservation and recycling methods are practiced as they strive to remain green and consistently work on improving their surroundings.
Orania is not a model of separation but one of determination and hard work. The town continues to attract South Africans interested in buying land and investing in the haven that is Orania. Racial segregation began during the Dutch and British colonial times and became official in 1948. Orania is the only hope of survival for the Afrikaners wanting their own government, in their own territory.
True Freedom according to Orania residents is all about self-determination and letting each cultural group rule themselves. The only benefits of their self-governing system are low crime and unemployment.
Orania built from nothing and without government support is a sought after town that people continue to visit. The humanity is the stark difference among these people, and that should be upheld above all. There will always be racial conflict yet the respect morals and self-reliance are the benchmark of efficiency.
The town boasts a statue of assassinated Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the man who governed South Africa under apartheid and who was responsible for sending Nelson Mandela to jail. During 1995, Betsy Verwoerd received a visit from Democratic President Nelson Mandela, and they shared a cup of coffee. Betsy told Mandela she identified herself with the wishes of her people and the development of their own state. Mandela replied that he wanted a united South Africa, one that would stop thinking in terms of color. This desire is a shared regard by many South Africans today.
The Afrikaners want to live in peace with the rest of the world and help Africa to develop the continent. Strong ties with other communities have been a steady progress, based on mutual respect and trust. A hope for the future is that Orania, South Africa will become an independent state for the Afrikaans people.

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Afrikaner Nationalist Town of Orania Continues to Expand

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The remarkable Afrikaner nationalist settlement of Orania in South Africa continues to expand and will soon have the region’s leading shopping center, doctor’s surgery, dentist, and eye specialist—and there is no truth to an internet-based rumor that the town has been outlawed, according to an official spokesman.
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The claim that the town has been “outlawed” was started on a blog called the “Diversity Times”—which said that a South African Supreme Court ruling had ordered the town to admit black residents.
“There has been no such court case, and no such ruling,” an Orania spokesman responded on Facebook. “The story is a total fabrication,” he continued, adding that there was in any event no “rule” in Orania about who could live there.
Furthermore, he said, it is illegal in terms of the South African constitution to have any sort of racial segregation, and the town adheres to the law of the land—meaning that there would never have been any basis for such a court case in the first place.
“The story is a malicious lie, put around by someone who seeks to undermine the progress Orania has recently made in becoming the beacon for Afrikaner survival,” the spokesman added.
Recent advances in the town, located in the center of South Africa in the Northern Cape, include the construction of the region’s first new shopping center, the creation of a doctor’s surgery, dentist practice, and optometrist for the growing number of residents of the town.
There are officially over 1,000 permanent residents in the town, although it continues to grow by a few dozen each month as increasing numbers of Afrikaners realize that Orania offers the only viable alternative to maintain their identity and culture in the face of mass demographic swamping.
Orania has grown dramatically over the last ten years, by more than 72 percent, and this exponential growth continues, according to the movement’s official blog.
“Orania’s growth is almost completely due to new arrivals, and not by natural reproduction, as the birth and death figures are relatively balanced. As far as the age spread goes, Orania looks very healthy,” the blog continued.
“There are enough children, but the largest group of people is to be found in the economically active ages of between 20 and 60. There are of course also elderly people present, but contrary to the outside perception, they are a small percentage when compared to the age profile of Afrikaners in general, or with other Western nations.”
The Orania blog added that there are more men than women—60 percent to 40 percent—which it says, is “not unusual for a pioneer community and a town whose core industries are agriculture and construction. As the service industries continue to grow, the gender balance will correct itself.”
As far as the surrounding area goes, the Orania blog pointed out, the demographics of the nearby farms are increasingly better due to the continuing process of urbanization which affects the colored population as well, as “mechanization has decreased the need for farm laborers.”
Nonetheless, the Orania blog adds, the demographics mean that the strategy of the Orania Movement must remain focused on building Orania into a small city, rather than trying to take over towns in the region. In this regard, the blog points out, the nearest small town of Strydenburg needs at least 3,000 Afrikaners in order to form a majority there.
“The ongoing purchase of farms is a strategy which is well worthwhile as they increasingly become depopulated and food security becomes an ever-more important issue,” the blog says, concluding by adding that Orania “already owns a large number of surrounding farms.”



A shortage of rental housing in Orania—caused by the dramatic growth in the town’s residents—has created an opportunity for developers, as can be seen in this range of ultra-modern houses being built in the Robyn Lane part of the town.
A shortage of rental housing in Orania—caused by the dramatic growth in the town’s residents—has created an opportunity for developers, as can be seen in this range of ultra-modern houses being built in the Robyn Lane part of the town.
New housing in Orania.
New housing in Orania.
New housing in Orania.
New housing in Orania.
New housing in Orania.
New housing in Orania.
Orania’s “Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park” has recently had its first on-site management meeting. In this picture, developer Sarel Roets consults with the shop-owners. Enterprises to be housed in the center include, among others, a blacksmith, a framing shop, a restaurant, a clothing shop, and a conference center.
Orania’s “Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park” has recently had its first on-site management meeting. In this picture, developer Sarel Roets consults with the shop-owners. Enterprises to be housed in the center include, among others, a blacksmith, a framing shop, a restaurant, a clothing shop, and a conference center.
Building work  proceeds at the Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park.
Building work proceeds at the Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park.
A model of the final construction of the Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park.
A model of the final construction of the Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park.
Building work  proceeds at the Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park.
Building work proceeds at the Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park.
Building work  proceeds at the Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park.
Building work proceeds at the Stokkiesdraai Shopping Center and Adventure Park.
One of the classes at the Orania Akadamie (“Academy”) which uses a unique and in-house computer-based learning program which allows pupils to study at their own pace.
One of the classes at the Orania Akadamie (“Academy”) which uses a unique and in-house computer-based learning program which allows pupils to study at their own pace.
One of the classes at the Orania Akadamie (“Academy”) which uses a unique and in-house computer-based learning program which allows pupils to study at their own pace.
One of the classes at the Orania Akadamie (“Academy”) which uses a unique and in-house computer-based learning program which allows pupils to study at their own pace.
A class of the CVO-Skool Orania—part of a country-wide “Christian Own Education” schooling system set up after the end of white rule in 1994. This is a more traditional education system. CVO schools from around South Africa have their own national cultural and sporting events, at which pupils from all the schools can participate.
A class of the CVO-Skool Orania—part of a country-wide “Christian Own Education” schooling system set up after the end of white rule in 1994. This is a more traditional education system. CVO schools from around South Africa have their own national cultural and sporting events, at which pupils from all the schools can participate.
The Technical Center of one of Orania’s schools is currently under construction. Only Afrikaner labor is used in the town.
The Technical Center of one of Orania’s schools is currently under construction. Only Afrikaner labor is used in the town.
The Technical Center of one of Orania’s schools is currently under construction. Only Afrikaner labor is used in the town.
The Technical Center of one of Orania’s schools is currently under construction. Only Afrikaner labor is used in the town.
The official opening of the new Orania information center, built to cope with the hundreds of thousands of visitors the town attracts each year. Free guided tours are now offered from this center, which also serves as the head office of the Orania Movement.
The official opening of the new Orania information center, built to cope with the hundreds of thousands of visitors the town attracts each year. Free guided tours are now offered from this center, which also serves as the head office of the Orania Movement.
The Orania Post Office.
The Orania Post Office.
Orania’s attractive location on the banks of the Orange River—the largest river in South Africa—has made it an ideal holiday location. The Orania resort is a modern chalet-style development.
Orania’s attractive location on the banks of the Orange River—the largest river in South Africa—has made it an ideal holiday location. The Orania resort is a modern chalet-style development.
A chalet at the Orania Resort.
A chalet at the Orania Resort.
The Orania resort.
The Orania resort.
One of the latest developments in Orania is the Ou-Karooplaas (“Old Karoo Farm”) shopping center, currently still under construction. Designed using a unique steel frame system, the shopping center will become a regional landmark.
One of the latest developments in Orania is the Ou-Karooplaas (“Old Karoo Farm”) shopping center, currently still under construction. Designed using a unique steel frame system, the shopping center will become a regional landmark.
The building of the Ou-Karooplaas shopping center. Only Afrikaner labor is used.
The building of the Ou-Karooplaas shopping center. Only Afrikaner labor is used.
The building of the Ou-Karooplaas shopping center. Only Afrikaner labor is used.
The building of the Ou-Karooplaas shopping center. Only Afrikaner labor is used.
The building of the Ou-Karooplaas shopping center. Only Afrikaner labor is used.
The building of the Ou-Karooplaas shopping center. Only Afrikaner labor is used.
The building of the Ou-Karooplaas shopping center. Only Afrikaner labor is used.
The building of the Ou-Karooplaas shopping center. Only Afrikaner labor is used.
The Ou-Karooplaas shopping center gets its roof—the view from the passing national road. Note the Orania flag flying from the roof, a tradition in South African building.
The Ou-Karooplaas shopping center gets its roof—the view from the passing national road. Note the Orania flag flying from the roof, a tradition in South African building.
The existing shopping center in Orania.
The existing shopping center in Orania.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

South Africa - Human Trafficking Nightmare


             

Human trafficking in South Africa: an elusive statistical nightmare

Due to the lack of reliable statistics surrounding human trafficking, there is no real scope of how large the problem really is, making it more difficult to police. 

Human trafficking is a global crime affecting countless victims around the world. Yet its actual scope remains a mystery. The methodologies used to arrive at estimates about its nature and extent have been widely criticised as flawed or lacking in scientific rigour.
In South Africa, claims by anti-trafficking campaigners and NGOs include that 30,000 children are trafficked into the country annually as part of the sex trade. The same figure has been used by the Department of Home Affairs to justify recently introduced visa regulations aimed at combating child trafficking.
But this number has been discredited as “exaggerated and unsubstantiated”.
Human trafficking has become a focus of attention in the country following the introduction of the onerous and controversial visa requirements. In addition, a new act aimed at preventing trafficking is expected to be operational in the next few weeks. It defines trafficking to include the recruitment, transportation, sale or harbour of people by means of force, deceit, the abuse of vulnerability and the abuse of power for exploitation.

A statistical dilemma

But the absence of reliable statistics means that there is no clarity on just how big the problem is.
Inflated guesstimates continue to be used by those trying to stop the crime. But they create a credibility dilemma, detract from a constructive conversation and frustrate efforts to understand the multi-layered realities of the problem.
Notwithstanding the lack of reliable numbers, the problem is prevalent in South Africa. The number of cases being reported suggests it is on the increase. The situation may in fact be far more chronic and severe than we know.
It is well documented that South Africa is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking. This is backed up by a forthcoming book, Long Walk to Nowhere: Forced Migration, Exploitation and Human Trafficking in South Africa, by social scientist Philip Frankel. He dismisses sceptics and exposes some of the unexplored and undocumented crevices in the mining and labour sector suggestive of human trafficking.
My ongoing research draws on the experiences of role-players in counter-human trafficking. These include all the responding agencies including civil society, survivors and ex-perpetrators.
Preliminary themes highlight multiple accounts of undocumented cases, direct and indirect complicity by political elites and bureaucratic officials, the paucity of border controls, corruption and a culture of impunity.
This toxic concoction makes human trafficking an attractive business with high returns and low risk. For example, trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation is the most documented type of trafficking, locally and internationally. Yet none of the international syndicates dominating the sex trade have ever been successfully prosecuted in South Africa.

A hidden and subversive crime

Society’s justifiable preoccupation with numbers to understand the scope of the problem does little to promote understanding of the complex issues associated with human trafficking.
Measures to combat the trade cannot be divorced from numerous other structural issues. These include racism, poverty, unemployment, education and inequality – all of which interpenetrate at some point.
The problem is further compounded by the absence of an official database on human trafficking. There are also no crime codes in the police service which capture the complexities of each reported incident. Associated human trafficking offences are still subsumed into crimes such rape, sexual assault, kidnapping, abduction and domestic violence. Much of this is due to an inability by some police officials or investigators to positively identify trafficking cases.
Many labour and sex trafficking victims don’t even know they are victims of a crime. Others, mostly children, are exploited in a distorted net of “culture”. These include aberrant forms of ukuthwala – meaning “to carry” in isiXhosa and isiZulu – a customary practice used to bypass extensive and lengthy marriage rituals.

Awareness about human trafficking across all sectors of society remains low. In addition, perceptions are often fuelled by skewed media representations. Hollywood movies like Taken and dramatic elements such as the use of force, kidnapping, and the brutality of perpetrators dominate discourses.
Misinformation is further fuelled by the fact that significant elements such as deceit, fraud, grooming, manipulation and trauma bonding often go unreported.
The possible link between missing persons and human trafficking also begs to be interrogated. In February 2014, the South African Police Services’ Missing Persons Bureau reported that 2641 adults and 754 children remain missing from cases reported between 2011 and 2013, a significant number for a mere two years.
Angie Motaung of Bana Ba Kae (“where are the children”), an NGO that works to alleviate the plight of children in poor communities in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, says that “there could be as many as 1000 children missing from homes across the city”.

Quantitative and qualitative data

Instead of trying to quantify the problem in terms of the number of human trafficking victims, the question we should be asking is: which communities are most vulnerable to human trafficking?
This would open the door to finding connections between measurable quantities on the one hand and qualities which cannot be counted but should be mapped on the other. Such a connection is crucial to understand the configuration of relationships in which the problem of human trafficking is rooted.
The hidden nature of the crime requires unconventional thinking and flexible methodologies to scope the problem. Every member of society should be empowered to be a co-participant in both quantitative and qualitative data collection. Community based participatory research methods could be used to do so. This would help find significant themes in the seemingly insignificant events of everyday life which may suggest the presence of “hidden transcripts” related to human trafficking.
Human trafficking presents a confluence of complexities. This denies us the convenience of an unambiguous and quantified understanding. The key lies in harnessing the complexity of the problem and acknowledging its deep and dense sociological abyss.
We need to redefine success in a way that is sensitive to the structural limitations of any given context. By doing so we may move towards a more even-handed understanding of the scope, nature and extent of human trafficking. It may also be more suitable to framing more appropriate policy and enforcement responses.

Disclosure statement

Marcel van der Watt is affiliated with the National Freedom Network (NFN) and the Global Resource Epicenter Against human Trafficking (GREAT)
The Conversation is funded by the National Research Foundation, the Knight Foundation and Barclays Africa. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a Strategic Partner.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

South Africa: The ANC Did Not Inherit a Failed State

South Africa
The African National Congress (ANC) ruling party of South Africa did not inherit a failed state in 1994, and after 21 years of rule, are progressively turning the country into chaos. The 1985 Rubicon speech by P. W. Botha raised political risks for the country, the ruling National Party (NP) and business. In 1986, the ANC party became concerned that the country was fast becoming a failed state. The liberation movement realized that inheriting a failed state would destroy all chances of bringing about desired development upon assumption of power of South Africa.
At that time, the NP controlled all state resources, power, and the military, and the ANC negotiated a peaceful transition from a position of weakness. The process of political reform caused rifts between the Afrikaners. The hardliners, led by President P.W. Botha and top business executives, had a stake in the initial talks. At the upper part of the ANC’s mind was to inherit a country with the high potential to meet the needs of the poor masses, who were the only support base of the movement.
What options did the ANC have? Did they have to risk the scorched earth retreat by Afrikaners and adopt a hard line approach towards negotiations? The ANC received lessons from some African countries, especially those that were colonized by Portugal, where the infrastructure was destroyed as it lost power. Some of its colonies were left in the dark figuratively and practically. Therefore, it is easy to say that the ANC conveniently sold out, as if it was in complete control of all levers of power and influence. It was more about getting maximum benefit from an apparently complicated situation.
The interim agreement, which is called a sunset clause, was to guarantee white public servants, police, and army employees full-time employment between 1994 and 1999. This agreement was necessary because most senior and middle management positions were held by white employees. The ANC needed the whites to stay on while a smooth transition and hand over to black control was advancing. It was necessary because if the ANC did not have the expertise in these fields, the ruling party would have destroyed the system. If the ANC told nurses, teachers, post office clerks, water engineers, electricians, and all essential workers that they had a week to leave, there would have been an inherited chaos.
Freedom starts with understanding the crux of the colonial system and then designing and developing its direct opposite – not primitive methods to bring about liberation. The ANC could not be a liberator organization without a liberator theory. The set of communist clich├ęs borrowed from the West have never worked in Africa; nationalization and all the Populists represented no path to freedom but the state capitalist model. The theory that the ANC was revolutionary  and changed course somewhere is a fantasy. South Africa is no different from anywhere in Africa; the elites jump into the shoes of the retreating colonists and assume it will be easy to turn the entire country around. The ANC may have dropped into the shoes and, by doing so, have become colonialists, which is what neocolonialism is about: indigenization.
Shame the devil, as the ANC got out with nothing from those negotiations other than Mandela as president of South Africa. The National Party, the Democratic Alliance, and the Bantustan leaders swept the table clean. The ANC did not know what it was doing at the negotiating table other than accepting the power that was being transferred at the insistence of the United States. However, they did not inherit a failed state, and no one can say the ANC sold out because it did not carry anybody’s mandate. The ANC was negotiating for itself. The National Party and apartheid-opposition political parties of South Africa got a mandate through the referendum.
One cannot help but sympathize with the rhetoric of labeling the ANC as the grandest traitor of the lot. The fact is that transition is a process, and it may take years to reverse the injustices of apartheid. Sadly, the very same proponents of this reality are swimming in a pool of wealth that took many around the world to amass over decades. One is bound to make an unfair statement that the masses were sold down the river. If reversing the imbalances of the past is a long, cumbersome process, why are so many in government living in opulence? Can anybody blame the Economic Freedom Fighters for propagating such a populist discourse? In politics, unfortunately, perception eventually becomes a reality. The reality is, the majority in South Africa are beginning to feel as if they have been sold down the river, while the ANC politicians and their goons continue to disprove that poverty can be reversed overnight. Turning South Africa into a failed state appears to be the goal of the ruling party.
Opinion by Laura Oneale
Edited by Jennifer Pfalz

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Sanctimonious Majority of South Africa

South Africa
The sanctimonious attitude of the majority in South Africa has been combined with foolishness, and as democracy progresses, the division among cultural groups releases racial hatred that only deepens a raging conflict. The diverse cultures of South Africa have, over the past 21 years, escalated into a “holier than thou” attitude from the black majority toward the minorities.
For centuries, blacks have been defined as brutal criminals wanting revenge on the white minority group of South Africa. Over the years, blacks have been described as stupid, irrational and unintelligent, whereas the white minority has been defined as superior, talented, intelligent and victims of crime.
The African traditions are characterized as barbaric; blacks are lazy and African history is primitive and does not contribute to civilization. Today, Africa is riddled with violence, disaster, diseases and overpopulation. Blacks live in squalid conditions, transmit sexual diseases such as HIV/AIDS and are prone to injury.
No government is without fault, yet the South African government has exhausted every conceivable trick in the book, tipping the scales of corruption and forcing power-hungry leaders to break social order. Incompetent and incapable of leading a democracy, the leaders fail the majority by forcing poverty to intensify.
Until democracy began in 1994, blacks were excluded from equal participation in the life and culture of South Africa. Whether discrimination or forced slavery, blacks believe it was the Action of Apartheid that consciously established a deliberate pattern of exclusion and low self-esteem. The South African government is comfortable, and affirmative action is racial discrimination. Blacks are executing racism, and empowerment gives rise to a sanctimonious attitude.
Today the self-hate and exclusion are gone, and the pride and power of unity have replaced the dehumanizing apartheid system of the past. No longer is the unworthy and insulting white-man’s voice lording over the majority. No longer are tears flowing, and children are not abandoned. The fear of the future is no longer a nightmare under the South African democracy. Freedom has replaced a demonized system, giving rise to social equality and opportunities reserved for whites only under the apartheid system.
Sanctimonious attitudes have grown among the few elite who have had 21 years to access the richer, modern and once-safe suburbs reserved for whites only in the past. Equality and opportunities abound for the few who are not afraid to step out into a future where race is no longer a factor; a new world, a better place and the beginning of envy as the unparalleled beauty of life unfolds. The reality of a bitter past shakes the new life of equality, and comparison soon develops into a feverish race to become equal to the minority. No longer satisfied with a black skin, women begin to rebel against the shell of the Caucasian beauty. White is a standard color, and nobody wants to be called a non-white, because it turns into a status of recognition and self-righteousness.
The majority who missed opportunities to get away from the “gangsterism,” cruelty and violence of townships remain dependent on the elected government to deliver on promises of free housing, free water and electricity, grants for having children, subsidies for the elderly, free medical and free education. Life was good, everything was free until the promises trickled in so slowly that crime intensified in the townships and spiraled toward the suburbs.
A mindset of entitlement developed as the masses were directed by influential leaders who promised a good story, and soon the hatred of whites developed into a raging war of attacks. Crime increased and farm murders began in earnest; whites were driven from the land in an attempt to escape the savage torture and brutality. The white minority started to live in fear as the masses took revenge for the past. It is no longer a question of uniting a democratic country; it is now a country where only the fittest survive.
The government ignored the high rise of crime statistics, the failing infrastructure, the poor education system and almost non-existent medical structures as well as the massive influx of foreigners, mainly from neighboring countries that failed to develop under black rule, searching for a better life. The government could not deal with the atrocities happening within the borders of South Africa, because there were far too many other fires to kill. The corruption, the Arms deal, the HIV debacle, the tender fraud, the Nkandla story; the list goes on, yet the greed and self-enrichment have no end.
The black youth, useless and unemployed, walk aimlessly around the dirty streets of the townships, sentenced to life without hope. The white man remains the cause of the misery, and the leaders continue to follow in the footsteps of African leaders who are turning South Africa into another wretched country while the few elite continue to display the foolish attitude of excluding minorities and adopting a self-destruct mode of living. It is not about preserving white supremacy and privilege; it is about the majority being incapable of transforming itself and inhabiting self-humiliation.
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 Natasha was transferred to the Johannesburg Hospital and had her left leg just above the knee amputated yesterday. She is very confused, in excruciating pain and cannot understand why she lost her leg. We all presumed that she would only lose a foot, and it was a shock to discover that the doctors had no choice but to slice off half of her leg. I spoke to one of the physicians who explained that it was caused by a blood infection that was left untreated for too long and so gangrene started and spread quiet quickly. 
 
Natasha Left Leg Amputated July 13, 2015
Today she was transferred back to the South Rand Hospital, and I am unsure what will happen now. I saw her this afternoon for a few minutes and will visit her tomorrow. I hope to understand what treatment the hospital will offer and if they will send her to a rehabilitation center. 

A friend of mine found her mother, Vesna on Facebook and we managed to get her contact numbers. I spoke to her mother today and explained the situation, and I am disturbed by the attitude and wonder if it is worth the trouble to involve the mother. As Natasha has been on her own for so many years, and I do not think, the mother will be able to take care of her.

Natasha needs to be placed in a home that will help her deal with the trauma and depression. We are busy trying to get the welfare involved and I have sent emails to various institutions who offer support for the underprivileged and traumatised people, but I have not had any response. I will honestly say that I have not found any caring individuals or institutions that are willing to help. It is rather sad.

Well I will keep posting updates about the progress and keep on praying that somebody in Johannesburg, South Africa will offer to help Natasha. I do believe she deserves a chance to change her life, after all the years of abuse and neglect.

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Natasha in Hospital and in pain

Sunday, July 5, 2015

South Africa Farm Murders Intensify the Fear Level

While corruption at the heart of government is enough to make good men despair, the resurgence of racism and farm murders in South Africa intensifies the fear levels of all races. The new injection of race-hatred malevolence from Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), and the resurrection of white extremism leads society into a new dilemma. There are a recorded 116 farm attacks and 27 farm deaths reported in the first half of this year. Farm murders are linked to racial hatred and idiocies from Malema, who advocates that all land belong to blacks.
The Limpopo province has experienced the most farm attacks this year, closely followed by Mpumalanga. The EFF and Malema have massive support bases in these regions, and the atrocities against humanity have become the order of the day. It is disheartening that there has never been a revelation of the true nature of the EFF political party. What Malema is doing to South Africa is tantamount to treason. Malema is destructive and careless and represents in every conceivable way what failure would look like for South Africa. The damage Malema has done will only get worse.
Malema is a poorly educated man, who mysteriously acquired lavish houses, a fleet of cars and a fortune, then rose to fame as the attack dog of President Jacob Zuma. Malema would threaten violence against anybody who sought to block Zuma from his rise to state president. When Zuma was elected president, Malema was in the pound seat. Now Zuma is the new enemy, and Malema will haul insults and attack the president in a political maneuver to gain votes. Malema utters buffoon politics mixed with crude populism and sinister racial demagoguery.
Malema openly professes a dislike for the children of colonialists. Often, he will say there is no hatred of white people, but there is hatred of the quality of whiteness. The farm murders in South Africa are blatant racist crimes which intensify the fear level which exists throughout the country.
Researcher Lorraine Claasen from AfriForum, the civil rights organization, said this year’s farm attacks appeared to be more violent in nature. The media have reported on the horrific ways innocent people are tortured before being murdered, and confirmation that the violence is now more aggressive is an indication of repressed hatred against whites.
It has been reported that none of the victims, who are usually tied up by the attackers who then gather information about the property, were children. Where arrests have been made, less than 24 percent have resulted in convictions. The low conviction count is confirmation that the South African government has not committed to ending the farm attacks. Farmers risk their lives to feed the nation, and the government does nothing to secure the food production.
The African National Congress (ANC) has lost its soul and does not consider the importance of feeding the nation. Farm attacks are not random; this is genocide and a protracted terror campaign aimed at removing white people from farms. Farm attacks are sanctioned by the ANC and EFF. President Zuma and the land redistribution rhetoric, coupled with Malema’s encouraging voters to occupy the land, will eventually force whites to be removed from the land through either murder, terror or violence.
Farm attacks are done slowly over a period of years and by doing so, do not attract attention from the international community. Every time a farm murder is splashed over the media, it does not draw attention to what is happening in South Africa – it is portrayed as another unfortunate crime. Nobody notices the slow genocide of the whites. The ANC and EFF have all the time in the world to cleanse South Africa of whites and are stepping up the attacks as the country tumbles into chaos.
Being a farmer in South Africa is the most dangerous job in the world. Where else in the world would a government ignore the alarming high rate of farm murders? The ANC government sweeps the farm attacks under the carpet, glossing them over as an ordinary crime, with no concern being raised. The masses do not want undeveloped bushland that will require a lot of hard work, when it is far easier to go after white-owned farms that are productive and developed.
The manner in which the farmers and families are tortured before being murdered is savage behavior, and includes burning people with an iron, chopping people with pangas, raping the women, and targeting the elderly. It is barbaric and inhumane to watch people suffer and die. Astoundingly, the savages do not steal much, but will spend hours torturing the land owners instead. South Africa is in a heap of trouble, the fear level of its people is intensifying, and it is not getting better. A ray of hope exists in the opportunity that the civil rights organization, AfriForum, will have to inform the world, at an Australian conference later this month, about the brutal crimes committed against farmers in South Africa .
Opinion by Laura Oneale
Edited by Jennifer Pfalz
PUBLISHED TODAY ON THE GUARDIAN LV

Saturday, July 4, 2015

South Africa Julius Malema Rallies Support in Marikana


Pressing charges against Cyril Ramaphosa, Julius Malema rallied support at a local police station in Marikana, South Africa. The Commander-in-Chief of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a political party of South Africa, received fanatical admiration from the crowds. Malema pressed criminal charges against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa among others for the role they played in the Marikana massacre. 

The EFF are of the opinion that Ramaphosa remains responsible for the death of 34 mineworkers. At the time of the tragedy in August 2013, Ramaphosa held shares in Lonmin, and although the Farlam Commission of Inquiry cleared Ramaphosa and all executives of the African National Congress (ANC) ruling party, Malema remains adamant about pursuing action. Malema believes there was a conspiracy to kill mineworkers and will press further charges against Lonmin management for not protecting workers.

 Meanwhile, the Minister of Police and police commissioner have not escaped Malema’s wrath, and the EFF president will ensure that charges are brought against everybody involved in the fateful massacre. Love or hate Malema, people have underestimated the leader of EFF. Malema is building up an army of supporters and most are disillusioned former ANC supporters. Malema is not a stupid person and has proved on several occasions that uttering the right words and promises can stir up as well as agitate the black masses. 

Malema understands the beliefs and culture of the masses, as well as knows how to tap into the disillusionment. Promising free land and always proclaiming that the whites are thieves, Malema fires up the spirit of union among supporters. According to Malema, the mine business all belongs to the black people of South Africa and always promises the followers that the EFF party will return what rightfully belongs to the majority. Moreover, Malema emulates the policies of Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe. It is no secret that Malema unconditionally portrays a hero worship for Mugabe. 

Malema is constantly in the news and Deputy President Ramaphosa is the current target of Malema’s wrath. Malema tells the masses about the hostility of the police who target blacks. Aware of the ANC weakness, Malema uses any given opportunity to capitalize on blunders made by the ANC party. Malema has said that the police under the ANC-led government kill more people in South Africa. The spike in farm attacks around South Africa is no coincidence and rumors persist that Mugabe, Malema’s hero, has sent Special Forces to instigate farm attacks in South Africa. While they are all unfounded at this point, it would not surprise South Africans. 

It is typical communist behavior– pick a target, vilify the target to gain sympathy, and then destroy the target. Malema’s remarks about the police do give rise to serious consideration when farm attacks happen. The response time of the police can be delayed as long as five hours. The gruesome manner in which people are killed is a problem that remains unresolved and one that does not receive support from the ruling ANC party or Malema. It could lead to the masses not trusting the police in the future. 

Malema is throwing the ANC under the bus in an attempt to appeal to the ordinary blacks of South Africa. Malema uses a language that is understood and takes the complaints of the masses to show how caring the EFF party remains to the plight of the poor. The question is whether the masses would trust Malema to deliver on promises made when the ruling party has failed so miserably. People are keeping an eye on the red beret squad, who are quietly building up massive support while people poke fun at the EFF. 

Malema is charismatic–as all dictators are and very dangerous–people must never underestimate the man in the red overall. Malema is not about wealth confiscation and redistribution. A small portion of the country’s wealth would go to the supporters, and the rest would somehow be distributed in the same manner the ANC party has done so during the past 21 years. 

Malema is a very hip communist, liking creature comforts, luxury, and expensive houses. Malema likes the idea of people living under Communism, while, as a leader, he can live the life of a king. The noble action of pressing charges against the executive of the ANC for the massacre in Marikana will get Malema another few hundred votes and a step closer to the realization that the EFF is gaining more power in South Africa. 

Opinion By Laura Oneale
 Edited By Leigh Haugh 

PUBLISHED TODAY ON THE GUARDIAN LV

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