Trees planted in potholed roads in protest
15 November 2010 Leave a comment
Two cultures, two approaches to protest:
Afrikaans ratepayers don’t burn down municipal buildings nor attack school-buses to protest against poor ANC-municipalities: instead the Boers protests often are much more amusing and far less dangerous for others… For instance, Boer ratepayers would plant trees inside potholed roads to demonstrate their deep disgust with poor municipal services… and often get much better results than do their very violent black counterparts’…
Above – Nov 13 2010 – Khayelitsha, Cape Town . Black township residents have been waging violent warfare against their own local municipality over the past two months: petrol-bombing and stoning vehicles and buildings in constant streams of terrorist-style protests organised by the ruling ANC’s own youth league. A recent report by the the Institute for the study of Violence and Reconciliation has found that South African blacks use extremely violent methods to resolve conflict and use a very high level of violence in all their criminal activities. making South Africa ‘among the most violent societies on the plánet’. http://www.csvr.org.za/docs/study/CSVRstatement091110.pdf
Brandfort, Free State. Nov 13 2010 – Local young Afrikaans ratepayers teamed up with Brandfort town councillor Tronel Oosthuizen from the Freedom Front Plus opposition party – and planted trees inside the potholes in protest against the poor maintenance by the municipality (the old Boer-Republican town, its history is below, was unilaterally renamed to “Masinyolana” by the ANC-regime).
Dangerous roads are not only a problem in Brandfort: the main national roads running through all the South African towns are becoming increasingly dangerous to motorists because of the very poor, often non-existent maintenance by the local ANC-councils – despite the rapid rise in local rates and taxes… with white taxpayers still carrying the heaviest tax-burden. Some politicians even claim that this neglect of the national roads by ANC-councils is quite deliberate – to force motorists onto the rapidly-growing number of high-income, ANC-run toll-roads crisscrossing the country…
When the young Brandfort ratepayers started planting trees in the potholes in peaceful protest, the local ANC council first tried to have them arrested under some vague charge of ‘misconduct’ .
- However when the Afrikaans youths persisted with their tree-planting campaign, the council decided to fill in the potholes after all… (picture source: http://www.vf.co.za)
* The Boer history of Brandfort:
Voortrekker elder Jacobus van Zijl founded a flourishing community and church on his farm Keerom in 1866. After a visit by the independent Orange Free State Republic’s president Jan Brand, the town was named in his honour.
From January 1901 to December 1902, a total of 15,500 Boer women and children died in the concentration camp which the British colonial invaders/occupiers had erected in Brandfort – which they referred to as Dwyer’s Camp after its British superintendent. The British invaders had rounded up all the Boer women and children in their genocidal scorched-earth campaign against the two independent Boer Republics and dumped them in such camps.
Brandfort was the last of the British ‘ Boer-concentration camps in the invaded Orange Free State Republic to be closed down in January 1903 as the surviving inmates slowly started leaving to return home to their burnt down farms, towns and villages – where many also died in the following manmade famine: the British troops had torched a great many Boer farms and the emaciated, destitute survivors were left with absolutely nothing, not even seeds or farm-implements to sow that year’s crops. Many of the orphaned Boer children stayed on in Brandfort where an orphanage was established.
Many of these strong Christian country folk rapidly died of hunger, infectious diseases and deliberate neglect. Some 4,000 Black workers captured on the farms also were housed there. Brandfort was the last of the concentration camps in the Orange Free State Republic to be closed down by the British invaders. An orphanage was established there to house the great many Boer children who had lost their parents during the British scorched-earth war and had no relatives to care for them. The British propagandists invariably claimed that all the inmates were well-cared for, but the death-rate charts showed that by November 30 1901, the death rate in Brandfort peaked at 350 A DAY and by February 1902 dropped down to 5 deaths a day as neglect, disease and malnutrition killed off its inmates.
A camp inmate’s account: http://decampcourant.arkpark.net/brandfort.htm