Dutch parliament hears Afrikaner plight

Dutch parliament to examine plight of Afrikaners:
Nov 30 2012 – For the first time since the Anglo/Boer war of 1892-1902, the plight of the Afrikaner people under the current regime will be discussed in Dutch parliament.

Dec 3:  hearing on Afrikaans language; Dec 5 hearing on the precarious situation for Afrikaners:

On December 3 2012 from 11h00 Dutch time there  will be a hearing in the Dutch First Chamber of Parliament about the current precarious situation of the #Afrikaans language, which can be heard via

 http://www.eerstekamer.nl/url/livestream_eerste_kamer

DE ROON RAYMOND DUTCH MP PVV HEARING ON AFRIKANER PLIGHT DEC 5 2012

December 5, the Lower House of the Dutch parliament’s permanent foreign affairs commission will be examining the problems faced by this small ethnic-minority in South Africa. The hearing was arranged on the initiative of Dutch MP Raymond de Roon of the PVV  (left)( r.deroon@tweedekamer.nl )

Invited to address the commission hearing:
– Professor Koos Malan of the Law Faculty at the University of Pretoria.
– Kallie Kriel, chairman of the civil rights movement Afriforum
  Several days earlier Mr Kriel also delivered a detailed report about the suppression of minority-rights in South Africa to the United Nations human rights council for minority rights. 
Kriel’s report  to the UN is reproduced in its entirety below:  link

Tabled for discussion on Dec 5 in the Dutch commission hearing are:
– Farm murders: ‘plaasmoorde‘; details of the great many sadistic murder-attacks carried out against Afrikaners and their families countrywide;
– Structural discrimination against minorities like the Afrikaners under the ruling SA government’s ‘black economic empowerment’ laws;
– Land confiscations specifically targetting Afrikaner farmers;
– Hatespeech campaigns specifically against Afrikaners: with leading ruling-coalition members singing “Shoot the Boer’ etc
– The severe limitations placed on even the best-performing Afrikaner youths and other ethnic-European minority-members to access higher education only because of their ‘race’.
– Ethnic cleansing in the form of the destruction of ‘Afrikaner’ names on the SA map such as ‘Pretoria’.
– Destruction of the Afrikaans language in education – (the home-language of nearly 7million South Africans as per 2011 Census)

Details of hearing venue 5 december – can be heard via internet:

10h30 Klompé hall; Lower House of Dutch Parliament building (‘Tweede Kamer’)

The hearing can be seen via the internet from 10h30 that day via livestreaming:

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Afrikaners targetted for genocide warns Genocide Watch: (below)

Updated daily log of hatecrimes against SA minorities :

‘http://www.neo-genocide.com/farmitracker/reports’

Above, prof Stanton, one of the world’s top genocide experts, explains in detail

why he issued the warning of Afrikaner farmers being targetted by genocide.

Below: the Friends4Humanity organisation in the USA also is raising awareness of the genocide of the ‘South African European Minority’ in South Africa:

http://youtu.be/T9SWd4IW9BY

Kallie Kriel submission to United Nations human rights council, Geneve

“South African government strips its minorities of their minority rights”

Report to the UN Forum on Minority Issues
Genève, 27-28 November 2012
Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, South Africa:

KRIEL Kallie Afriforum

In stark contrast to the praiseworthy efforts by the Forum on Minority Issues to implement the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities in UN member countries, the South African government is increasingly stripping its minorities of the limited minority rights they still have.

The motive for doing so is set out in the policy documents of the South African governing party, namely the African National Congress (ANC), as to what it calls ‘the National Democratic Revolution’ (NDR).

‘ Afrikaners and other whites: ‘colonialists of a special type’ who are not considered fellow-Africans ‘
In terms of the ANC’s NDR policy documents South African minorities such as Afrikaners and whites in general are not regarded as fellow Africans, but as ‘colonialists of a special type’ (CSTs).

  • The ruling ANC sees minorities as enemies of the revolution:
  • By labelling South African minority communities as CSTs, depicting them as the antithesis of the so-called ‘motive forces’ of the continued struggle, the government is portraying the CSTs as opponents, or even enemies of the revolution. In terms of this logic of the ANC, the NDR is in effect engaged in a struggle against the CST.
    — The CSTs are not part of the ANC’s ‘we’, namely Africans, South Africans and ‘motive forces’, but rather the ‘they’ against whom the struggle should be fought.

In 1962 the South African Communist Party (SACP), which is a member of the present South African ruling alliance, endorsed the concept of a ‘national democratic revolution’. Its ‘Road to South African Freedom’ policy document states  that the ‘colonial state’ needs to be overthrown and the new state used to suppress the former ruling classes and to transform society. The ANC committed itself to the National Democratic Revolution in 1969.

Some may argue that the above battle-inspired terminology only applies to the ANC before 1994 and that the ANC has done away with it by making important concessions during the political transition. However, the following becomes evident in the ANC’s post-1994 strategy documents:

The ANC does not regard the agreements made during the political transition to be a final compromise made to ensure peace and cooperation among all South Africans.
Tactical concessions were merely made in order to obtain state power, after which the agreements reached could be disregarded as the balance of power shifted in favour of the ANC.
The struggle continues, the only difference being that it is now being conducted with the power of the state at its disposal.
The excessive use of struggle terms by the ANC in 2012 proves that the struggle against the CSTs still remains central to the ANC’s ideological armoury. They include terms such as ‘balance of forces’, ‘revolution’, ‘disciplined force’, ‘motive forces’ and ‘battle’.

2 Balance of forces

In terms of the ANC’s continued struggle and ‘balance of forces’ mindset, the ANC has to sway the balance of power as much in its favour as possible in order to succeed with the NDR. The ANC therefore has to increase its own power and erode away the minority rights of its so-called ‘opponents’, in other words the CSTs. This is being done in the following ways:

The ANC strengthens own power base: The ANC’s policy documents expressly state that the organisation is using its cadre deployment policy to ensure ANC control over ‘all centres of power’. As a result, the ANC has already succeeded in gaining control of most institutions having significant authority. Where the ANC is unable to gain control, for example over the independent media, it considers adopting undemocratic methods and legislation to try and control them.

Stripping minorities of their rights as a minority: The ANC is currently using various strategies to undermine the position of minorities, who are regarded as opponents.

3. Stripping minorities of their rights as a minority
The ANC has, since the end of former President Nelson Mandela’s term of office, turned its back on President Mandela’s reconciliatory approach and has systematically begun to strip minorities of their minority rights in South Africa. The following are examples of this:

3.1 Paralysing the constitutional bodies that minorities may call upon for assistance: In terms of the Constitution of South Africa various institutions were established that were supposed to ensure that citizens, but minorities in particular, would be protected from any form of abuse of power. This was considered essential in view of the strong power base of the majority. The ANC regards these bodies as an impediment to the implementation of the NDR and has therefore tried to ensure that the following bodies regulating the balance of power are completely ineffectual:
The Section 185 Commission: Provision for this commission for the protection and promotion of the rights of cultural, religious and language communities was included in the Constitution (Section 185) during the political transition at the insistence of minority parties. However, in practice the ANC made this commission inoperative by initially delaying its establishment and thereafter by focusing the commission’s aims on nation building, instead of the protection of community rights.

The final kiss of death was given by deploying struggle cadres to man the commission, thereby ensuring that the commission is under the firm control of the ANC. As a result, the management of the commission now regularly attends the ANC’s working group meetings on cultural affairs in order to align the commission’s activities with the aims of the ANC. The commission also paid the expenses of its chairperson to attend the ANC’s centenary celebrations.

The hijacking of the Section 185 Commission by the ANC has resulted in the commission being of no use to minorities. In fact, it is now even being used as an instrument for opposing minority demands. When AfriForum recently started a campaign to protect Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools, the commission issued a statement criticising AfriForum’s campaign. Ironically, the commission should have been the one institution that AfriForum should have been able to approach for support in this regard.

The Human Rights Commission: AfriForum has over the years submitted numerous complaints to the commission which have been blatantly ignored. Once again cadre deployment was used to render the commission completely ineffectual. The appointment of Mr Lawrence Mushwana as the chairperson is an example in this regard. In a court ruling it was established that during Mushwana’s stint as the Public Protector, his investigation into the so-called Oilgate scandal had been done so superficially that it could not even be called an investigation.

The Pan South African Language Board (Pansalb):

Pansalb was created in terms of the Constitution with the aim of protecting and promoting language rights in South Africa. AfriForum submitted several complaints to Pansalb through the years and favourable rulings were obtained against various institutions that violated language rights. However, the ANC has ensured that Pansalb does not have any power to enforce the rulings concerned. This means that rulings in favour of AfriForum have been ignored by state departments. In addition, insufficient funding and unsuitable appointments have paralysed the board even further. Even more telling of the degree of state interference in matters relating to Pansalb is the fact that the Minister of Arts and Culture recently blatantly contravened the Constitution by interfering in Pansalb board appointments.

The judicial system: To the great frustration of the ANC the judicial system is one of the very few institutions not yet under the complete control of the ANC. One can expect the ANC to launch intensified attempts to change this state of affairs. Danger signs have already been detected in the politically driven actions of most members of the Judicial Services Commission during the appointment of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. In KwaZulu-Natal the ANC recently even went as far as stating that the transformation of the bench is not so much concerned with the appointment of black judges as with the appointment of candidates who are sympathetic to the ANC. The high cost of litigation is also a deterrent to challenging the present state of affairs, especially as the ‘cheaper’ option of laying charges with institutions provided for in section 9 of the Constitution, has in effect become a futile exercise.

3.2 Portraying minorities as undeserving scapegoats:

The continued portrayal of minorities such as Afrikaners and whites in general as scapegoats for everything that goes wrong in South Africa, creates the impression that minorities should be grateful for being tolerated and in fact dare not claim their rights. In this regard it is an increasingly common practice to make racially driven statements against whites.

The only thing worse than the ANC Youth League leaders’ statements, is the ANC’s failure to call them to order. The ANC has found the party’s former youth leader, Julius Malema, not guilty on a charge of acting in a polarising manner when he stated, in the presence of President Zuma, that ‘once we agree they [whites] stole our land, we can agree that they are criminals and must be treated as such’. Neither did the ANC utter a single word of protest when the party’s deputy youth leader, Ronald Lamola, made the following threat, namely that Afrikaners’ safety cannot be guaranteed unless they surrender their land without compensation.

3.3 Use of representivity to prevent minority control of institutions:

A central aim of the ANC is to ensure that the demography of South Africa is replicated in all institutions, as this will help create a National Democratic Society. This means that no institution controlled by minorities will eventually be able to exist. Communities that do not have their own institutions are particularly vulnerable.

4.  The present state of language, cultural and education rights in South Africa

The ANC’s success in strengthening its own power base and rendering constitutional bodies that are supposed to protect minorities ineffectual in terms of its ‘balance of forces’ mindset has already affected the state of language, cultural and education rights in South Africa. People whose rights are being violated have limited access to significant methods of recourse and are often left at the mercy of the all-embracing power of the state.

4.1  Education rights:

Section 29 of the Declaration of Human Rights in the Constitution states that everyone has a right to education. The fact that about 80% of the public schools in South Africa are dysfunctional proves that the right to education of an overwhelming majority of learners is being violated. Should the current state of affairs persist, less than half of the children who annually enrol in Grade 1 will eventually write their matriculation examinations and then only a third of them will pass, even though the standards and requirements for passing are quite low.

In my opinion, and in the opinion of others, the main reason for this state of affairs is the stranglehold that the SADTU union has on education. Teachers who do not do their work are protected at the expense of learners. Where SADTU has no influence, education of a high-standing quality is being provided. Having adopted the aims of the National Democratic Revolution the ruling alliance now considers itself to be a movement with lofty aims that ought to spearhead the revolution. This results in the ANC tolerating the violation of learners’ rights, instead of taking action against its alliance partner, SADTU.

Another example of the violation of educational rights is the pressure that is being brought to bear on Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools and tertiary institutions.

4.2  Schools:

AfriForum regularly receives complaints from communities in which schools are subjected to politically motivated demands to change their language policy. Of the approximately 1 400 single-medium Afrikaans former Model C schools, fewer than half (667) were able to retain their language policy after this kind of political pressure was brought to bear on them. This happened despite the provisions of section 29 of the Constitution which recognises single-medium schools as an option.

  • In Gauteng, to name but one province, a further 33 Afrikaans schools are at present being subjected to improper political pressure to change their language policy by officials of the Department of Basic Education who seem to be abusing their power. Although school governing bodies have the right, in terms of the South African Schools Act, to choose their respective schools’ language policy, principals have been ordered by education officials to change their language policies. When this does not happen, the principals are threatened with disciplinary steps.

In a town called Fochville all three of the Afrikaans schools were forced to change their language policy, although children who wanted to have an English first language education could have been accommodated in one of these schools only. This kind of language pressure on schools has in several cases already resulted in Afrikaans being completely phased out as the medium of instruction; the former Afrikaans schools are now single-medium English schools. AfriForum is therefore paying the legal fees of one of the schools in Fochville whose governing body would like to oppose the matter in court.

Promises by the Department of Education that additional resources will be provided to schools that change to a parallel-medium system usually also end up being broken.

4.3 Tertiary education:

Afrikaans is under serious threat at this level too. Afrikaans no longer serves as the medium of instruction at the former technical colleges and is experiencing a great deal of pressure at universities whose language of instruction used to be Afrikaans.

At the University of Pretoria only an estimated 35% of the modules are still available in Afrikaans, while the language is also in the line of fire at the University of Stellenbosch (US). Recommendations have been made at the US to have the primary language of communication at the Faculty of Health Sciences to be wholly in English, including at the Tygerberg Hospital where students undergo their practical training. This is the case even though Afrikaans is the home language of 60% of people living in the Western Cape. The residential placing system which is being proposed at the US right now entails that a maximum of 45% Afrikaans students be allowed per residence and that no more than 40% white students should be allowed in mixed residences housing both male and female students. It also calls for half of the students to be accommodated in residences to be the children of parents who did not study at the US. By implication this means that a mere 50% of the students whose parents had studied at the US will be admitted.

The deterioration of the position of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at universities can be ascribed to the government’s failure to fund multilingualism. The uniform formula used for the funding of universities makes no provision for extra funding for universities offering education in more than one language. This failure may well be intentional, as numerous requests for the funding of multilingualism have fallen on deaf ears.

4.4 Language and cultural rights:

Although the ANC pays lip service to the importance of the promotion of indigenous languages, and although multilingualism is recognised in the Constitution, English has, under the ANC’s administration, in effect become the country’s only official language.

The deliberate refusal to accept the Languages Bill drafted in 2003 paved the way for the further anglicisation of the country – a process that had already started in 1994. The ANC government only gave attention to introducing a Languages Act again in 2010, when a lawyer, Cerneels Lourens, succeeded in obtaining a court order obliging the state to comply with its constitutional duty to finalise and implement such an Act.

As far as cultural and heritage issues are concerned, rights are being violated by a combination of neglect and deliberate violations. One of the most blatant examples occurred in Standerton, where the mayor ordered a Great Trek commemoration plaque to be removed to a dump by means of a grader. Examples of neglect include the deterioration of hugely significant heritage sites such as Anglo-Boer War cemeteries and the difficulties experienced by subsidised institutions such as the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria to get the allocated subsidies paid into their accounts. Subsidies are also often cut with little warning, leaving the institutions in a precarious position.

5. Call on Forum for Minority Issues
AfriForum calls on the Forum for Minority Issues to take a strong stand by insisting that ALL countries take steps to meet the provisions of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities. If South Africa is compelled to comply with this Declaration, it would have to stop its assault on minority rights and instead start to expand these minority rights.
AfriForum contact info: http://www.afriforum.co.za afriforum@afriforum.co.za

http://www.afriforum.co.za/afriforums-report-presented-to-uns-human-rights-councils-conference-on-minority-issues-in-geneva-27-november-2012/

http://www.tweedekamer.nl/kamerleden/alle_kamerleden/roon_raymond/index.jsp

Latest hatecrime incidents in South Africa against minorities are updated on

http://www.neo-genocide.com/farmitracker/reports

Cosatu threatens civil war over farm wages

Update: Tony Ehrenreich of Cosatu threatens ‘a low-level civil war’; WC farmers warned to be on alert from December 4; while  Labour Department still holds public hearings on farm-workers wages.  Meanwhile a white farmer in South Africa is more at risk of being brutally tortured to death and murdered than a police officer.  link

DES 4 2012 PLAASWERKERS DAG VAN AKSIE COSATU PLAKKAAT 

  • This war-talk is adding ever-more fuel to the fire of an all-out genocide. report

Nov 27 2012  — AgriWesKaap warns farmers to be alert from December 4 – after threats of ‘low-level civil war’  were levelled by Cosatu regional secretary Tony Ehrenreich. Meanwhile at a poultry farm in Olifantsfontein Gauteng, Cosatu still supported an illegal wage-strike on November 22, with violent attacks against non-striking workers a daily occurrance at the besieged farm-gates.

Farmers fearful of renewed violence from 4 December after Cosatu trade unionist threatens ‘Civil War on Farms’ …

COSATU THREAT CIVIL WAR ON FARMS NOV 27 2012 SAPA Farms WC must expert more violence from Dec 4 2012 LANDBOU

Olifantsfontein, Gauteng: Why were workers still striking Nov 22 at Early Bird poultry farm?

Below:  Meanwhile despite these ‘negotiations between farmers and workers’ and the ‘hearings being held by the labour minister’ there still are strikes going on against farms. For instance, at the Early Bird poultryfarm in Olifantsfontein in Gauteng on November 22 2012 – a full week after Cosatu ‘ordered an end to the strikes on farms’ – this poultry farm remained under siege from strikers, and Putco buses were bringing in casual workers while 1,600 of the 2,816 workers are out on an illegal strike, according to the ANC-party newspaper “The New Age”. http://www.thenewage.co.za/71150-1009-53-Chicken_wage 

OLIFANTSFONTEIN CHICKEN FARM STRIKE NOV 22 2012 SA Labour Minister: ‘unable to meet 4 December deadline’ for setting new minimum wages due to the limitations  to do so under the Basic Conditions of Employment Act’ :

Ehrenreich reportedly told journalists, according to SAPA, that ‘should AgriSA and the unions come to an agreement, there would definitely be no strike on 4 December. Should a strike go ahead, it would most likely lead to violence and death: This strike… can set back labour relations on farms by decades and could see a reversal to the low-level civil war we all witnessed on farms a few weeks ago,” he reportedly said.

The man flew into his public rage after yesterday’s announcement by SA National Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant that ‘it would be impossible to meet the 4 December deadline’ for establishing new minimum wages. She was still travelling around the country, holding meetings on the issue with farm workers and farmers. 

Ehrenreich raged that  while he “understood wage reviews took time, her remarks undermined negotiations between AgriSA and unions. The minister should be supporting this process, but in her statement she sounds more like the minister of farmers instead of the minister of labour.”

Ehrenreich fumed that “Oliphant should not wash her hands” of the situation, but should provide leadership and a sense of urgency to the review.

Oliphant announced on Tuesday that the socalled ‘ sectoral determination ‘ for countrywide minimum wages – which she usually sets every March – now could “only be reviewed in April.” She told journalists in Pretoria: “”I hope it is quite clear that the deadline of December 4 2012 is practically impossible to achieve, considering the limitations as per the Basic Conditions of Employment Act,” she told reporters in Pretoria. She pointed out that ‘the act allowed a review of the determination only 12 months after promulgation. The latest sectoral determination was put in place in March and would have been in place until February 2015.”

  • Western Cape fruitfarm-workers demand that the minimum wage of R70 a day be raised to R150 a day excluding their free perks such as housing, electricity, food etc.

While less than five percent of all the farm-workers countrywide are actually unionised, Cosatu still claimed that ‘workers agreed to suspend their strike” – which was described earlier by Ehrenreich as a low-level civil war — until 4 December on condition that the employment condition commission (ECC) look at the sectoral determination for agriculture.

  • It’s this murky* ECC which advises Oliphant on wages and other conditions of employment. As part of the strike suspension agreement, Oliphant published her intention to cancel the current sectoral determination, which sets minimum monthly wages at R1,503.90. Basically, her hands are tied by the requirements set down in this law. Undoubtedly Cosatu’s Western Cape secretary knows this law and its limitations. Yet he still issued his inciting threats against the country’s farmers.

Oliphant’s public hearings for workers and their employers started only a week ago in the Western Cape and were set to end in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng on 13 December:   Labour Dept Schedule.

Representatives of both sides had been in negotiations since the strike was ‘suspended’ although violence still continued for days afterwards in several Western Cape towns such as Wolseley, which entire central business district was thrashed by a raging ‘flash-mob’ which had been bused in from other towns.

Oliphant called for ‘workers to refrain from violence.’  When asked if workers would hold off on further protests until April she said: “I can’t guarantee that one. I can’t say there will be a strike or what’ll be going on.” 

Ehrenreich said: “Should AgriSA and the unions come to an agreement, there would definitely be no strike on 4 December. Should a strike go ahead, it would most likely lead to violence and death.” He continued: “This strike… can set back labour relations on farms by decades and could see a reversal to the low-level civil war we all witnessed on farms a few weeks ago.” Entire article on:

http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Cosatu-warns-of-renewed-farm-violence-20121127

*Who are these five faceless people on the labour department’s Employment Condition Commission?

  • Tel: (012) 309 4361
  • Fax: (012) 309 4709
  • Postal address: Private Bag X117, Pretoria, 0001
  • https://www.labour.gov.za/contacts
  • Farm murders should be classified as a priority crime – they are a national crisis
    By Nico Strydom on 27 November 2012  –  ‘Farm murders and attacks should be recognised for the national crisis that it is and therefore deserving of priority status and focused attention’. This is one of the recommendations in a report on farm murders and attacks that was released today by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI). The report forms part of a national campaign against farm murders by the Solidarity Movement which includes the SRI, the trade union Solidarity, AfriForum and Kraal Uitgewers.

    ANC HATESPEECH FEEL IT ITS WAR  FULL REPORT:
    http://www.navorsing.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/An-overview-of-farm-attacks-in-South-Africa-and-the-potential-impact-thereof-on-society.pdf

    The report deals with subjects such as the nature and extent of farm attacks, levels of violence during farm attacks as well as psychological effects on victims.

    SA government claims these are just another ’murder-category’

    According to Dirk Hermann, Deputy General Secretary of Solidarity, farm attacks and farm murders should be declared priority crimes. ‘Government refuses to declare farm murders, in particular, a priority crime, because as far as government is concerned it simply forms part of the broader murder category. This is unacceptable and irresponsible,’ Hermann said.  Hermann’s concerns were echoed by various experts who were involved in compiling the report.

    Farming community disproportionally targetted’ – Institute for Security Studies

    ‘It is obvious that the government no longer considers the ongoing attacks on farms and the murder of persons involved in the farming community as a priority,’ said Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, in the report’s introduction.

    • ‘The strategic and operational response to the threat of farm attacks and murders is clearly not based on the acknowledgement that the farming community is disproportionally targeted when compared to the victimisation risk of other citizens or groups in South Africa.’

    Farmers under siege not taken seriously by government” Criminology expert Prof Christiaan Bezuidenhout

    According to Prof Christiaan Bezuidenhout, a professor of criminology at the University of Pretoria, it is evident that South Africa is struggling to cope with violent crime in general and farm attacks in particular. ‘I am under the impression that the current government is not taking the disastrous enigma of farmers under siege seriously enough and they are making the farmer the outcast instead of the provider of the nation.’

    “ No human being deserves to be killed in such an inhumane, brutal manner” – Lorraine Claasen, criminologist:

    Lorraine Claasen, a criminologist, says it is disconcerting that farm attacks are still not given the attention they deserve despite the harrowing details that become apparent after only reading the details of a few farm attacks; thousands of attacks have been documented. ‘In conclusion, no human being deserves being killed and in such an inhumane, unjustified and brutal manner. Why is this allowed?’

    Memorandi to 110 embassies and international institutions:

    AfriForum, the movement’s civil rights organisation, distributed memorandums about farm murders to 110 embassies and international institutions in October to create international awareness about the crisis.

    • According to Nantes Kelder, head of AfriForum’s investigating unit, the establishment of community safety networks is the most practical step a community can take to drastically reduce crime in its area. It is a legal way in which communities can take the initiative to enhance their own safety.

    SOURCES:

    http://www.solidariteit.co.za/en/report-farm-murders-should-be-classified-as-a-priority-crime/

    Media statement, Solidarity, 27 November 2012.

    FULL REPORT:
    http://www.navorsing.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/An-overview-of-farm-attacks-in-South-Africa-and-the-potential-impact-thereof-on-society.pdf

    Why are Afrikaner farmers being murdered in South Africa?

    http://www.genocidewatch.org/SouthAfrica.html

     http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Cosatu-warns-of-renewed-farm-violence-20121127

    https://www.labour.gov.za/documents/useful-documents/basic-conditions-of-employment/farm-worker-public-hearings-schedule-2012

    http://www.landbou.com/bedrywe/bedryfsake/boere-angstig-oor-4-desember

    http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Cosatu-warns-of-renewed-farm-violence-20121127

    http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Settle-farm-strikes-now-says-Vavi-20121128

    DefenceWeb #SouthAfrica has highest rate of #FarmAttacks in the world – 700% higher than any other country:

    http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=28693%3Asa-has-worlds-highest-rate-of-farm-attacks–report&catid=52%3AHuman+Security&Itemid=114

    Farm Murders a national crisis

    Farm murders should be classified as a priority crime – they are a national crisis
    By Nico Strydom on 27 November 2012  –  ‘Farm murders and attacks should be recognised for the national crisis that it is and therefore deserving of priority status and focused attention’. This is one of the recommendations in a report on farm murders and attacks that was released today by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI). The report forms part of a national campaign against farm murders by the Solidarity Movement which includes the SRI, the trade union Solidarity, AfriForum and Kraal Uitgewers.

    ANC HATESPEECH FEEL IT ITS WAR  FULL REPORT:
    http://www.navorsing.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/An-overview-of-farm-attacks-in-South-Africa-and-the-potential-impact-thereof-on-society.pdf

    The report deals with subjects such as the nature and extent of farm attacks, levels of violence during farm attacks as well as psychological effects on victims.

    SA government claims these are just another ’murder-category’

    According to Dirk Hermann, Deputy General Secretary of Solidarity, farm attacks and farm murders should be declared priority crimes. ‘Government refuses to declare farm murders, in particular, a priority crime, because as far as government is concerned it simply forms part of the broader murder category. This is unacceptable and irresponsible,’ Hermann said.  Hermann’s concerns were echoed by various experts who were involved in compiling the report.

    Farming community disproportionally targetted’ – Institute for Security Studies

    ‘It is obvious that the government no longer considers the ongoing attacks on farms and the murder of persons involved in the farming community as a priority,’ said Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, in the report’s introduction.

    • ‘The strategic and operational response to the threat of farm attacks and murders is clearly not based on the acknowledgement that the farming community is disproportionally targeted when compared to the victimisation risk of other citizens or groups in South Africa.’

    Farmers under siege not taken seriously by government” Criminology expert Prof Christiaan Bezuidenhout

    According to Prof Christiaan Bezuidenhout, a professor of criminology at the University of Pretoria, it is evident that South Africa is struggling to cope with violent crime in general and farm attacks in particular. ‘I am under the impression that the current government is not taking the disastrous enigma of farmers under siege seriously enough and they are making the farmer the outcast instead of the provider of the nation.’

    “ No human being deserves to be killed in such an inhumane, brutal manner” – Lorraine Claasen, criminologist:

    Lorraine Claasen, a criminologist, says it is disconcerting that farm attacks are still not given the attention they deserve despite the harrowing details that become apparent after only reading the details of a few farm attacks; thousands of attacks have been documented. ‘In conclusion, no human being deserves being killed and in such an inhumane, unjustified and brutal manner. Why is this allowed?’

    Memorandi to 110 embassies and international institutions:

    AfriForum, the movement’s civil rights organisation, distributed memorandums about farm murders to 110 embassies and international institutions in October to create international awareness about the crisis.

    • According to Nantes Kelder, head of AfriForum’s investigating unit, the establishment of community safety networks is the most practical step a community can take to drastically reduce crime in its area. It is a legal way in which communities can take the initiative to enhance their own safety.

    SOURCE:

    http://www.solidariteit.co.za/en/report-farm-murders-should-be-classified-as-a-priority-crime/

    Media statement, Solidarity, 27 November 2012.

    FULL REPORT:
    http://www.navorsing.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/An-overview-of-farm-attacks-in-South-Africa-and-the-potential-impact-thereof-on-society.pdf

    Why are Afrikaner farmers being murdered in South Africa?

    http://www.genocidewatch.org/SouthAfrica.html

    Why NASA’s secrecy about ISS beams?

    Why can’t people get honest explanations for the light beams from the International Space Station? And are these linked to the ‘strange cloud’ formations seen all over the world? What purpose do these beams serve?

    • also: NASA hiding exciting news about Mars  – “The Curiosity rover on Mars has had some exciting news, but NASA controllers have said that they’re keeping quiet about it until the facts have been checked. “This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good,” John Grotzinger, principal investigator for Curiosity: link

     

    ISS JULY 16 IMAGE STRANGE BEAM HEADED FOR NORTH MAERICAN CONTINENT LOOKED LIKE LASER Above: I copied this surprising picture on  July 16  2012 and saw this repeatedly after that date while watching the International Space Station’s ‘live streaming’ view from space on my home-computer in The Netherlands. Suddenly this beam shot down from above, bounced on a mirror in front of the camera, and then was beamed to a spot on earth below. It lasted about a minute – giving me plenty of time to copy several frames to my computer via the ‘Paint’ programme.  I’ve asked NASA for an explanation: have obtained none. The ISS was at that time travelling a trajectory across the Northern hemisphere — and I estimated that the beam went to a spot somewhere in the middle of the continent –  as can be seen because the clouds below were brightly lit up. Was it a communication device or some kind of powerful laser-beam? What purpose does it serve?
    http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv — at Nasa International Space Station.

    Question: Could these beams from the ISS and other satellites cause some of the mysterious increases in in ‘ UFO ‘ sightings all over the world? 

    And what is this ‘CROSS-HATCHING’ cloud pattern on November 25 2012? ISS – CROSS HATCHING cloud pattern  25 November 2012 at 8:53 

    ISS 25H21 uSTREAM 27275302 http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/27275302

      Below:

    http://youtu.be/oF36lINWL2w

    http://youtu.be/IWki-xl_ZtU

    Strange clouds over Moscow:

    http://youtu.be/uPE9Jl16T5c

    Strange cloud over Ukraine:

    http://youtu.be/O7HV-JZXdiw

    Large object on upper left on Long Distance Image of Planet Earth by researcher Barry White, 4 December 2011:  Taken by the GOES Satellite on 12/04/2011.
    Source:
    http://goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/goeseast/fulldisk/3band_color/

    http://youtu.be/_2oslTvDwaQ

    November 19 2012: Peter Davenport, top researcher, MSNBC interview: “UFO’s exist’

    We still cannot explain the Phoenix Lights’ and other phenomena”… 

    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/msnbc/9046326#9046326

    “There really aren’t that many weather balloons, that’s an old saw, but up to 90 percent of the time the phenomena people report to us are not genuine UFOs, they are natural phenoma which we can verify. However the rest cannot be explained,’ said  Peter Davenport, a top researcher who said in the November 19 2012 MSN interview above that there are “unexplained phenomena which made him realise that UFO’s really do exist”. There’s also a wave of UFO activities all over the world right now, and governments don’t seem to want to admit these even occur. The March 13 1997 Phoenix Lights events were the most dramatic since the Rosswell crash. “

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Jq4ZpS5z2zA#!

    http://youtu.be/Jq4ZpS5z2zA 

    http://youtu.be/n_VlvHKgiK0

     http://youtu.be/WlLN_Jcg1pc

    November 23 2012: This was filmed side-ways, with a light coming through the clouds towards the earth on the right.

     Below: Dome of the Rock light, Jerusalem January 28 2011

    these are the 3 real footages caught on january 28th 2011 over the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, around 01:00 AM. The first and second videos were caught respectively by Eligael Gedalyovich and a friend of him who you can see filming with his phone just few meters ahead of him on the first footage:   

    Protestors ordered to torch West Cape farms

    Du Toit Farm Group: Robertson:  Evidence that instructions were given to torch our properties – Also: industrial sabotage at the Duvha power-station: Middelburg

    21 November 2012 – “All indications are that specific instructions were given to burn down property and movable assets – causing millions of Rands damage to our business – by political powers with their own agendas”…  Statement by board of directors,  P.S.F. du Toit – G.C. du Toit of Robertson, WC, South Africa

    also related:

    FARM VIOLENCE DU TOIT GROUP ROBERTSON NOV 2012 STATEMENT                                   

    ANARCHY IN THE FRUIT INDUSTRY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
    Statement: “The present anarchy taking place on most of our agri properties in the Western Cape caused a major break in confidence in the future of Agri investment. This anarchy is mainly driven by provoked worker emotions. In the process, serious and well intended investors in this Agri Sector as well as our workers are abused by political powers with own agendas.’

    This dangerous game has now derailed and the results are as follows:

    1. All indications suggest that specific instructions to burn down property and movable assets caused millions of Rands damage to our business.
    2. Further huge consequential losses are caused as a result of disruptions due to critical and time-based agricultural practices that can not be executed.
    3. Long-term labour relations were destroyed because this orchestrated campaign was fuelled by unfounded promises by political representatives, such as unions and political parties.
    4. Major losses occurred as a result of minority groups of workers who received specific orders to target selected properties.
    5. This minority group of workers violently intimidated and assaulted well intended workers and management of Dutoit Agri.

    The slow and inefficient reaction by Government to protect our assets and people, confirms the strong suspicion that this is an ill intended campaign by unions and political parties.
    In the interest of our stakeholders Dutoit Agri has the following urgent and serious message:

    1. To the Government:
    1.1 Protect the agricultural community of the Western Cape with sufficient police and security forces.
    1.2 Expose the saboteurs and keep them accountable as the law prescribes.
    1.3 Arrest the identified saboteurs and let justice take its course.

    2. To the well intended Workers:
    2.1 We know about your suffering and trauma over the past three (3) days. We will support you and do everything within our ability to restore and protect job opportunities which was built up through the past years.
    2.2 Although difficult, please do your best to continue with critical tasks so that our company can survive.

    3. To the Management:
    3.1 The severe traumatisation, sleepless nights and life threatening situations you had to go through the last three (3) days makes each of you a hero during the time of crisis.
    3.2 Your dedication is a sense of proof that the greater calling of Dutoit people is to unite and to stand together for the survival and pursuit of our vision.

    4. To the Community:
    Thank you for thousands of messages of support and prayers. We appreciate it and it encourages us to continue to share the welfare we bring to South Africa and the Western Cape with our stakeholders.

    5. To our Clients:
    5.1 We will do everything within our power to continue to deliver the high quality products, which nature provides us with, according to our agreement with you.
    5.2 Please accept this episode in our history as a once-off event.

    5.3 Over the years we have not yet disappointed you. Trust that we will continue our commitment in the future. We apologize for the anarchy during the past week.

    It was beyond our control. Hopefully our government finally realized that law and order is non-negotiable to operate successful businesses to the benefit of all.

    6. To our Providers:
    6.1 We appreciate your understanding and support in the current crisis.
    6.2 Please work together with us to restore and rebuild assets that were destroyed so that we can perform our critical tasks.

    Du Toit has farmed for more than 100 years:

    Hereby attached find photos of horrific scenes as evidence of the potential of political power struggle play-offs in our community where so many people are dependant on agriculture.  Our prayers, hope and desire is that Dutoit Agri will soon be allowed to continue with the good work which has been done for more than 100 years.

    Demand to set conditions for trading policies in agricultural sector in South Africa:
    This disruptive experience compels us to set a condition that trading policies are clearly stipulated, before any further investment in the agricultural sector in South Africa takes place. Namely:

        A clear policy framework which sets out support from the government for agriculture in South Africa
        A commitment to farmers and agricultural workers’ safety and to guarantee the protection of their properties.

    Our experience of these events is that serious questions now arise, such as:
    1. To what extent can we automate and mechanize our processes to be more productive and reduce dependence on labour?
    2. Are there crops that we can farm with where labour can be minimized or eliminated to reduce labour risK?

    Weighed against Dutoit Agri’s fantastic resources, years of experience and market relationships; the above-mentioned options could lead to a tragedy for our current workers,  not even to mention job creation for the youth of our future.

    Yours sincerely,P.S.F. du Toit

    http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page72308?oid=342003&sn=Marketingweb+detail&pid=90389

    (end of statement by Du Toit Group of Farms)

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    Also related:

    National key point sabotaged by violent crowd: Middelburg Mpumalanga power station Nov 19 2012:

    MIDDELBURG DHUVA POWER STATION COAL HAULAGE ROAD BLOCKED SOCALLED RIOTS NOV192012                                 http://www.neo-genocide.com/farmitracker/reports/view/540

    Nederland: hoorzitting 3 Dec over Afrikaans

    Nederlandse Taalunie luistert naar het Afrikaans

    Nov 19 2012 – De Interparlementaire Commissie (IPC) van de Nederlandse Taalunie gaat zich buigen over het Afrikaans. Daarom houdt de IPC op maandag 3 december een openbare hoorzitting met gasten uit Zuid-Afrika.

     NEDERLAND EERSTE KAMER VERGADERZAAL De IPC zoekt antwoord op vragen als: wat is de positie van die taal in het huidige Zuid-Afrika? Is de positie van het Afrikaans wettelijk voldoende verankerd? Heeft de taal nog een plek in het openbare leven? Is er reden tot optimisme of juist niet?

    In de Nederlandse Taalunie werken Nederland, Vlaanderen (België) en Suriname samen voor de Nederlandse taal. Het beleid van de Taalunie wordt bepaald door het Comité van Ministers dat bestaat uit de Nederlandse en Vlaamse bewindspersonen bevoegd voor Onderwijs en Cultuur. De IPC ziet toe op dat beleid en wordt gevormd door leden van het Vlaams Parlement en de (Nederlandse) Eerste en Tweede Kamer. Op dit moment is Martin Bosma (Nederland) voorzitter van de IPC en is Johan Verstreken (Vlaanderen) vicevoorzitter.

    De openbare bijeenkomst over het Afrikaans vindt plaats in de vergaderzaal van de Eerste Kamer, de Nederlandse Senaat, in Den Haag, op maandag 3 december, ’s ochtends om 11 uur. De volgende personen uit Zuid-Afrika zullen door de Vlaamse en Nederlandse parlementsleden worden gehoord:

    · dr. Michael Le Cordeur, voorzitter Afrikaanse Taalraad, Universiteit Stellenbosch

    · Flip Buys, voorzitter vakbond Solidariteit, waartoe ook FAK en Afriforum behoren

    · Henry Jeffreys, oud-hoofdredacteur dagblad Die Burger, Kaapstad

    · professor Koos Malan, rechtenfaculteit Universiteit van Pretoria

    De opening van de hoorzitting wordt verricht door Anouchka Van Miltenburg, voorzitter van de Tweede Kamer. Senator Helmi Huijbregts-Schiedon treedt op als rapporteur. Tijdens de namiddagvergadering van de IPC, om 14 uur, brengt zij verslag uit aan de aanwezige leden van het Comité van Ministers, de Vlaamse minister Joke Schauvliege en de Nederlandse minister Jet Bussemaker.

    Publiek is van harte welkom op de hoorzitting over het Afrikaans en kan zich melden bij de ingang van Eerste Kamer. De bijeenkomst is ook rechtstreeks te volgen via www.eerstekamer.nl/livestream. Om de uitzending te kunnen bekijken, is wel Windows Media Player vereist.

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    Nederlandse Taalunie luister na Afrikaans: Hoorsitting 3 Desember: Vergaderzaal Eerste Kamer, Nederlandse Senaat, Den Haag: maandag 3 desember v.a. 11vm

    NEDERLAND EERSTE KAMER VERGADERZAAL

    links: Nov 19 2012 – Die Nederlandse Inteparlementêre Kommissie (IPC) van die Nederlandse Taalunie buig homself oor Afrikaans op Maandag 3 Desember in Den Haag.

    Die IPC soek antwoord op vrae soos: ‘wat is die posisie van die Afriaanse taal in die huidige Suid-Afrika? Is die posisie van Afrikaans wettiglik voldoende veranker? Het die taal nog ‘n plek in die openbare lewe? Is daar rede tot optimisme – of juis nie?

    In die Nederlandse Taalunie, Nederland, Vlaanderen (België) en Suriname werk saam vir die bevordering van die Nederlandse taal. Die beleid van die Taalunie word bepaal deur die Komitee van Ministers – wat bestaan uit die Nederlandse en Vlaamse bewindspersone wat belas is met die Onderwys en Kultuur portfolios. Die IPC oorsien die beleid wat neergelê word deur lede van die Vlaamse Parlement en die (Nederlandse) Eerste en Tweede Kamer. Op die oomblik is parlementslid Martin Bosma (Nederland) voorsitter van die IPC en is Johan Verstreken (Vlaanderen) die ondervoorsitter.

    Die openbare byeenkoms oor Afrikaans vind plaas in die vergadersaal vand ie Eerste Kamer in die Nederlandse Senaat in Den Haag op Maandag 3 Seember vanaf 11uur vm. Die hiervolgende persone sal vanuit Suid-Afrika deur die Vlaamse en Nederlandse parlementslede gehoor word:

    – Dr Michael le Cordeur, voorsitter Afrikaanse Taalraad, Universiteit Stellenbosch

    – Flip Buys, voorsitter vakbond Solidariteit, waartoe ook die Federasie v. Afrikaanse Kultuurverenigings en Afriforum lid is.

    – Henry Jeffreys, oud-hoofredakteur van Die Burger dagblad in Kaapstad

    – Prof Koos Malan van de Universiteit van Pretoria se Regsfakulteit

    Die opening van die hoorsitting word verrig deur die Tweede Kamer se voorsitter Anouchka Van Miltenburg. Senator Helmi Huijbregts-Schiedon tree op as rapporteur. Tydens die namiddagvergadering van die IPC vanaf 2nm bring sy ook verslag uit aan die aanwesige lede van die Komitee van Ninisters, die Vlaamse Minister Joke Schauvliege en die Nederlandse Minister Jet Bussemaker.

    Die Publiek is hartlik welkom by die hoorsitting oor Afrikaans en kan hulself meld by die ingang van die Eerste Kamer. Die byeenkoms kan ook regstreeks gevolg word via http://www.eerstekamernl/livestream . Om die uitsending te kan sien is Windows Media Player benodig.

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    De Nederlandse Taalunie is een beleidsorganisatie waarin Nederland, Vlaanderen en Suriname samenwerken op het gebied van de Nederlandse taal en letteren en het onderwijs in en van het Nederlands. Het beleid wordt bepaald door het Comité van Ministers. De Raad voor de Nederlandse Taal en Letteren adviseert het Comité. De Interparlementaire Commissie controleert het beleid. De Taalunie ziet het als haar opdracht om ervoor te zorgen dat alle Nederlandssprekenden hun taal op een doeltreffende manier kunnen gebruiken.

    ANC makes own country ungovernable: TAU

    “Make South Africa ungovernable — say ANC-government supporters”

    • Also: Business Report’s investigating journalist Ann Crotty: “Among the farmers in the Hex Valley, there are no signs of excessive opulence”-
    • Farm Unrest Can be Laid at State’s Door’  link

    Sat Nov 17 2012 – Statement by Transvaal Agricultural Union 

    “Is the irony of this slogan ‘make South Africa ungovernable’ lost on the ANC?  This demand is an old ANC clarion call, and now it has turned on the ruling party with a vengeance.  Incongruously, it now emanates from ANC representatives in the Western Cape, the mother province of South Africa, and the home of the country’s world-famous wine and fruit industry – now plunged into violence ***  (The SA government coffers earn an annual R16,4-billion+ from this industry alone. If this industry is lost, 600,000 jobs will also be lost).

    SWELLENDAM NOV 15 2012 DOWNTOWN TAKE MARIKANA TO FARMS CAMPAIGN DE DOORNS anc organiser WILLIAM KAMFER ARRESTED NOV 162012 CERES FOR INTIMIDATING NONSTRIKING WORKERS

    Above: On November 15 and 16 the historic central business district of the small agricultural town of Swellendam – the third-oldest town in South Afric a– was turned into a war-zone by jackrolling arson-and-robbery gangs. One ANC-organiser (William Kamfer, right above) was arrested for inciting violence and removed from the area by the SAPS. From Monday Nov 5 2012 up to and including yesterday, hundreds of farms were attacked, many had  their crops, storage facilities and equipment torched to the ground.

    More pics, details on “Farm Riots suspended but Violence Continues:

     http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.nl/2012/11/hexrivier-mob-instigator-flees-de-doorns.html

    TAU-SA: “Pretending to be “up in arms” about their minimum wages —  (which is set annually by the ANC Labour Minister) — rioting, killing, torching properties and  general mayhem have occupied SA’s media over the past week. However – there are other dimensions and agendas at play. “A monumental political power struggle is reaching its zenith in South Africa: the Western Cape is run by the official opposition the Democratic Alliance (DA), and despite unabated ANC pronouncements about the “new democratic order” under their stewardship, they cannot abide opposition.

    DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE MARCH MAY 15 2012 MAN INJURED BY BRICK Johannesburg

    (Left) The ANC  do not understand democracy: they came to power through the barrel of a gun – intimidation, murder and violence*** were always their hallmarks, and their surrogates now use the same tools to create mayhem in the Cape agricultural industry.

    “The ease with which striking workers at Marikana’ s platinum mine recently obtained a huge wage increase emboldened the forces of chaos in the Western Cape. 

    Striking workers” is the term assigned to those rolling arson-mobs who blocked farm roads, intimidated and burnt the cottages of those employees who did not want to strike, burnt vineyards, fruit orchards and wheat crops, and set fire to farm houses, warehouses, forklifts, trucks, tractors and farm offices. One elderly farmer was dragged from his bakkie (truck) and severely assaulted, while a farm worker was shot dead by the police.

    Excerpts from the Facebook page of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union general secretary Barry Stemmet reveal a vicious campaign to “get” the farmers.

    “The hatred emanating from his followers is breathtaking, and once again shows the racial friction that smoulders under the surface in the ANC’s so-called non- racial South African democracy. “

    Minister of Agriculture rejoiced, dancing with demonstrators:

    The ANC’s own Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ms Joemat-Pettersson herself was  toyi-toying (war-dancing) with strikers at a rally in De Doorns: she told the striking workers they had “won” their battle because they had “made the government listen’. Ironically she is a cabinet-member of that very same government. Yet there she was,  saying: ” “You will go down in the history books as the people who changed agriculture forever”.

    No worker would face criminal charges for taking part in the strike:’  ANC-agricultural minister:

    Indeed!  If the strikers have their way, agriculture could change so much that the country will starve under the stewardship of the ANC and their minister of agriculture.  Joemat-Pettersson also told the strikers that “no worker would face criminal or disciplinary charges for taking part in the strike”: that she personally would ‘speak to the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure that all cases of intimidation and public violence would be withdrawn”. 

    • In effect, she gave the mobs carte blanche to carry on with their destruction of an industry that took three hundred years to build up.

    “Setting a precedent that it is acceptable to use violence and intimidation to gain economic and political ends is extremely dangerous” warned Business Day (15.11.12).

    Has South Africa forgotten the violence used for the ruling troika to gain power?

    However, has South Africa forgotten how the ANC and their communist allies came to power?  While “negotiating” with the De Klerk Government, they maintained their armed struggle. Negotiating was only one leg of the struggle. Violence was the more powerful leg, and it worked.

    The blame game:
    The agriculture minister blames farmers and the opposition for the Cape mayhem: she claims the Cape tries to ‘create an apartheid colonial state.”

    • (These buzz words are becoming more frequent as the ANC’s annual conference nears and the country falls apart under its stewardship. And it’s notable that these identical racially-inflammatory comments were also made by Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe to stir up his ramshackle followers at pre-election time. The former British colony of Uganda’s Idi Amin used the same tactic to arouse hatred against whites and Indians in his country, only to see them flee – leaving Uganda behind to descend into destitution.)

    South Africa’s commercial farming sector is not going to sit idly by as this anarchy spreads.
    Reports are coming in of wholesale violence, burning and farm occupations. The police and the SANDF are “wary” of doing anything to stop the chaos. Farmers stand alone: they must defend themselves.

    The strike apparently started as ‘a complaint about minimum wages’.  TAU SA president Louis Meintjes declared in a press release that considerations about minimum wages cannot be applied to the De Doorns area in isolation.

    • Minimum wage rates (affirmed in legislation by the ANC government and approved by its entire cabinet) are in place countrywide. 

    It costs a SA farmer at least R218 a day to maintain one worker – with fringe benefits and minimum wage

    With the package of fringe benefits is included – housing, medical care, schooling, subsidized food and transport –  then the wage for each worker is  much more than the cash wage figure. 

    • (*Each worker costs a farmer R218 a day with a minimum wage of R70 with fringe benefits. Most farmers pay considerably more than minimum wage: Du Toit’s Farms in Robertson for instance pays workers 17,9% above the minimum wage, and its fringe benefits also include free day-care centres for workers’ wives.)

    TAU SA says the problems in De Doorns cannot be made the problem of the whole agricultural industry. Judging by comments of the ANC leader in the Western Cape Marius Fransman, it is clear that politics is playing the predominant role. The ANC clearly wants to destabilize the province in their efforts to regain to rid the Western Cape of the opposition Democratic Alliance. Fransman’s hateful and malicious statements against farmers went unchallenged by the ANC.

    Only 6% of farm-workers belong to a union:

    On 14 November the government announced a review of minimum wages for all farm workers as part of a deal with trade unions purportedly representing farm workers in the Western Cape —  although only 6% were unionized at the beginning of the violent strikes.

    • This will have dramatic implications for the agricultural sector. Government says “a notice will be published announcing the cancellation of existing wage determination affecting all agricultural workers.”

    Howeveras  the TAU SA  president notes: “no worker is forced to stay with an employer. Workers must seek work where they can obtain the best salary”. Further dismissals are on the cards if minimum wages are increased. “An employer who provides for R20,000 in his monthly salary budget for each worker, now faces increasing that budget by 50% or 100%. In such an event the employers could demand R5,000 for a ton of maize and R50 for a kilogram of tomatoes” says Mr. Meintjes.  “These actions and counter-actions could lead to the destruction of the South African economy”.

    Maize – the staple food of farm workers: price rose by average 54%
    The staple food of farm workers, cultural origins aside, is maize. Between January 2011 and January this year, the price rose by 41,3% and 63,9%, depending on the quality. “Some workers told journalists in the Western Cape that they ‘could not afford to buy food.”
    As their wages are raised, the food-prices will rise as well – this spiral will continue to increase until inflation ravages the whole country.

    TAU: ‘demonstrators bused in from other areas to create havoc and attack private properties’:

    In letters to the Minister of Police, TAU SA says there is a perception the police are afraid of a zero tolerance policy regarding criminal elements which have intimidated farm workers who want to work.  Protestors have been bussed in from other areas to create havoc on farms and to put private property at risk.

    Below: TAU SA slams the contents of the  Facebook page of Barry Stemmet ** — Western Cape Regional Secretary of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union –  where he advertises being  “on my way to Ceres – the farms are burning” and promising on Nov 12 that ‘It will be worse tomorrow’;  that “farmworkers are fed up with slavery”, and that things “will be worse tomorrow”. “We are not at the point of seeking agreements, too much work to do”, he says on his page. He sweeps up his fans who greet him with “I’m with you”, “the struggle continues”, “Is there a lot of damage”, “strength to you – let them burn down the farms, these farmers are bad and they want to hold us hostage with ‘food security’”. “Give the farmers hell, Barry” says another.  Other comments from Stemmet supporters include “Terre’blanche fell from his horse, now the farmers will run away from our stones”, ”Fight the good fight, leader. We defeated them before ”and “Amandla, Comrade Barry, long live the spirit of no surrender!” Politics is all over this Facebook page.

    STEMMET Barry Facebook incitements WC violence

    http://www.fawu.org.za/show.php?ID=217     http://www.facebook.com/barry.stemmet?ref=ts&fref=ts

    If the SAPS cannot get control – farmers are willing to help solve the violence*** problem:

    The TAU-SA says that If the police cannot get control of the situation, farmers are willing to help solve the problem.
    “And this problem now is much bigger than the question of farm wages – it has developed into a full-scale war to take the Cape from the official opposition.

    The ANC-head in the Western Cape Marius Fransman joined the fray from the first day –  and his vitriolic remarks about farmers are unprintable in an international bulletin.  He is not being discliplined by the ANC for this hatespeech.

    Anarchy is on the horizon. It can spread like wildfire throughout the country.
    OSATU trade union Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich is reported to have said that “there is already blood on the farmworkers, and unless it stops, there will be blood on the farmers of these farms”.

    The ANC’s chickens have come home to roost:
    In a letter to the ANC, TAU SA says what is happening is the result of the ANC’s policies: dissatisfaction with government promises not being met, no service delivery, the bloated bureaucracy receiving fat salaries with no commensurate input;  the inflow of aliens from the rest of Africa who work for less than South Africans;  seasonal workers who only work parts of the year; and the unwillingness of the police to take action because of the Marikana  fiasco.

    The real thorn in the flesh (of its electorate)  is the blatant and ostentatious profligacy of the ruling ANC/SACP/Cosatu elite – their luxury homes, lavish life styles, local commuting in Gulfstream jets;  and their fraud, corruption and the uncaring and contemptuous manner in which the ANC ruling party treats its hard-working citizens.

    The 37,000 commercial farmers are not responsible for ANC/SACP/Cosatu elite’s greedy lifestyle angering its electorate:
    “The 37,000 commercial farmers in South Africa are increasingly held responsible for the socio-economic problems in the country” says TAU SA. “The government must sort out its own employment problems. Salary is the price of labour, and the farmer is a price taker who has to be satisfied by whatever he is offered for his products”, says TAU SA.

    Mechanization could be the answer, as it is in Australia and the United States and other developed countries. We only have to look at  tiny Zimbabwe to see what chaos ensues when farmers are chased off their land.  For South Africa, a country with  51million people, this is a scenario too horrible to contemplate.

    Transvaal Agricultural Union –  Tel.:  + 27 12 804 8031       Fax:  + 27 12 804 2014  E-mail:  info@tlu.co.za
    http://www.tlu.co.za

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    SOURCES:

    Unrest can be laid at State’s Door: Ann Crotty, BusinessReport South Africa:

    http://www.iol.co.za/business/business-news/unrest-can-be-laid-at-state-s-door-1.1424559#.UKdiRGfMpNQ

    *Mechanisation: majority of US tractors sent to Africa are sold in South Africa and Morocco 

    http://www.boerderij.nl/Home/Nieuws/2012/11/Agco-investeert-in-Afrika-1108278W/?cmpid=NLC|boerderij_vandaag|2012-11-16|Agco_investeert_in_Afrika

    ** Barry Stemmet FB-page: http://www.facebook.com/barry.stemmet?ref=ts&fref=ts

    ANC Labour Minister sets annual minimum wage every March:

    http://www.polity.org.za/article/sa-statement-by-mildred-oliphant-minister-of-labour-on-farmworkers-sectoral-determination-14112012-2012-11-14

    *** Violence:  South African president Jacob Zuma is known as the Enforcer of (ANC-exile) Camp Quatro:

    http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?130886-ANC-atrocities-committed-during-apartheid&s=2cbf9818123a49ba577628feb9caceb5