11 November 2013 2 Comments
November 11 2013: Transvaal Agricultural Union of SA: Why torture someone for a cellphone?
“It takes a certain kind of human being to inflict wanton violence and death on another person…’
Pretoria, South Africa. Statement by the TAU-SA: “It takes a certain kind of human being to inflict wanton violence and death on another person. This behavior has been endemic throughout history, but almost always within the context of war, or because of religious or ethnic animosity.
In South Africa the perpetrators seem to relish torturing and killing their victims…
“The savagery which hallmarks certain criminal acts in South Africa appears gratuitous however, as if the perpetrators relish torturing and killing their victims. The government and some commentators declare that the particular barbarity against farmers for example, is simply just another murder (or attempted murder), to be categorized as such within the country’s general criminal statistics.
- “But the statistics reveal something else: farmers, mostly but not all white, are murdered at three times the rate of ordinary citizens and at twice the level of South Africa’s policemen. Another factor in the crime narrative is that many old people are the victims. “Soft targets?” Of course: the elderly cannot defend themselves and farmers are almost always isolated on their properties.
But what lies behind the savagery of many of these attacks?
— In their book Blood Sisters (Lapa Publishers 2012), two South African sisters Roelien Schutte and Eileen de Jager recount their experiences cleaning up after bloody crimes. That is their business. The book contains a special chapter on farm murders.
“The scene at the first farm attack was horrible” they said. “The old man only just survived. He was beaten so severely that his head was split open right to the skull, and he was stabbed six or seven times with a panga — (machete, sugar-cane slasher) – in his side, of all places.” There were five attackers and the old man tried to fight them off. “His wife locked herself in another room, something they agreed she would do in the event of an attack”.
What sort of a country is it that good farming people who have worked hard all their lives must live each and every day in fear of an attack?
- Do Swedish or Canadian or Brazilian farmers live like this?
Not everyone was as ‘lucky’ as the old man and his wife, say the authors. (Today in South Africa the buzz words are “You were lucky they didn’t kill you!” after a robbery or a hijack!)
Elsewhere, on a farm somewhere in Limpopo province, a couple in their eighties was brutally murdered. “Both their bodies were full of cuts and the old woman was raped before they slit her throat. Forensic evidence indicated that the old man was forced to get down on his knees before he was shot execution style.”
- The authors said the scene was quiet testimony to “inhumane cruelty”.
Robbery is just a ‘side-effect’ but not the motive…
Roelien and Eileen declare unambiguously – “In a farm murder, robbery is seldom the motive. Robbery is merely a side effect. Murder is the motive, revenge another element. It’s actually about torture and murder.”
- ‘Nobody in South Africa knows about the hours of torture…’
The women believe the violence they see on television news is “twisted and watered down too much when presented to the public. We see news as it happens. Everybody thinks the perpetrators go in and out, shoot the people and everything is over. Nobody knows about the hours of torture. We see it in what we find after a murder.
- An old woman being raped in front of her husband;
- an old man whose Achilles’ tendons are cut so that he can’t walk anymore. After that he is executed – on his knees”.
- The women say most men are shot execution style in farm attacks.
- Not even innocent pets are left alone “Their throats are also slit. Or they are kicked to death. Or their heads stepped on. It’s as if these bastards get joy from this”, the women declare.
Hate as a motivation:
Eileen and Roelien think the term “farm murders” should be replaced with the words “farm terror”. They see hate as a motivation.
- These attackers mostly hunt in packs of five. They often spend hours at the scene of a murder. “We see how they even prepared food and ate during the torture. They take their time with the torture.
- To burn somebody with a heated dropper – an iron pole normally used in the farm’s fencing – takes time.
- To sharpen a broomstick before you push it up a woman’s vagina takes time”.
What kind of monster does such a thing, they ask. The women tell of fishing rods and bottles found in victims’ vaginas; about faces turned into an unrecognizable pulp, beaten over and over until no facial features are discernible. The two women believe that keeping quiet about this means that South Africans and the rest of the world are totally uninformed about the scale, intensity and true nature of farm murders.
“We once had to go and clean up on a farm where a young man was killed. A week afterwards his mother was murdered, and a week later it was his dad’s turn. Have you read anything about that in the newspapers? “
- The father was killed in a most horrific way. “He was cut up, completely dismembered – hands, arms, legs, all cut off at the joints, then they put the pieces back together like a jigsaw puzzle and displayed the body with his arms extended, almost like he was crucified. Everywhere in the house there were little heaps of ashes and dolosse¸ the bones used by witchdoctors”.
The book goes on and on, each atrocity worse than the last:
But there has not been a peep from the ANC, nor a peep from the father of the ANC, Nelson Mandela. No details were given to the public, everything swept under the carpet. This book should be required reading for those who are still trying to find excuses for this behavior. (
During a recent television debate, it was declared that farm murders ‘could be seen as simply another crime’ and that ‘no ulterior motive should be attributed to them, least of all a racial motive’. But how can it be simply “another crime” when farm murders are three times the country’s murder average, never mind the savagery that accompanies these murders?
The fact that farmers occupy “so much” land — (less than 0.6% of the entire country’s land-surface is dedicated to commercial food-producing farms) — was also put forward as a reason.
- If the ANC is not prepared to explain to their obtuse followers that farmers provide the country’s food, then it follows the ANC is not worried about this barbarism. Their silence says it all!
Anyway, what is there to “debate”? Debates usually imply there are two sides to a story. There aren’t two sides to this story. The facts are not up for argument. The point is: what are the police doing about these murders, given that the government disbanded the rural Commandos many years ago. The government exposed the farmers, and they must now rectify this neglect.
From the top:…
SA’s erstwhile president Nelson Mandela refused to reject violence as a condition of his release. Violence increased dramatically after his release in February 1990. At a press conference on June 3, 1990, Mandela said that “the only type of violence we accept is organized violence in the form of armed action which is properly controlled and where the targets have been carefully selected”.
- Violence was always a part of the ANC’s DNA, and even after his release for negotiations with the previous government, Mandela talked of “armed action” and “targets”.
- In January 1990 (before his release from his home at Victor Verster prison) there were 79 attacks on policemen, but from then to mid May of the same year of 1990, this figure had increased to 886.
- During the same period deaths went up from one to 27, injuries from 45 to 279, home attacks from 51 to 232, while attacks on vehicles increased from 100 to 651. Violence rocketed after Mandela’s release, but he said nothing.
So it’s no wonder the ANC does nothing about the current barbarism – violence is part of their DNA. They clearly consider this behavior normal.
The ANC bombed, necklaced and terrorized its path to power:
Dr. Anthea Jeffery: “The Truth about the Truth Commission” (SAIRR 1999) clearly outlines how the ANC bombed, necklaced and terrorized on its path to power.
- The Shell House massacre was an example of Mr. Mandela’s contempt for the law and his cavalier approach to violence and killing:
- In March 1994 thousands of Zulu loyalists armed with traditional weapons marched through Johannesburg and past the ANC’s Shell House (now Luthuli House) in solidarity with the Zulu king. Snipers were on the roof of Shell House. They killed at least ten Zulus in cold blood on the express instructions of Nelson Mandela. He told the snipers to use lethal force if necessary to protect Shell House. He then refused police permission to enter the building to conduct an investigation.
- He brazenly confirmed this at a press conference, knowing that no one would prosecute him for the deaths of these Zulus. Mr Justice Robert Nugent found in a 1997 judicial enquiry into the shootings that “there was no justification for shooting at the crowd at all, and that the barrage of fire from the ANC was grossly excessive”.
And the current SA President Jacob Zuma finds nothing shameful in publicly telling his followers to take up their machine guns and “shoot the Boers”.
Julius Malema who now (*purportedly*) heads his own political party Economic Freedom Fighters, and has publicly told the mobs to “take back the land” and that if the farmers won’t give it over willingly, then “they will be sorry”. The green light for violence has been given from the country’s top echelons, so farmers are fair game. After all, this is how the ANC took power. Violence is the party’s modus operandi.
The other DNA:
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says crime in South Africa is “indiscriminate”, that ‘blacks suffer from crime as well as whites’. Of course they do: they are victims of their own people. In white countries one does not see the type of savagery and blood lust one sees in South Africa. The farm murder savagery is virtually unheard of in Norway, Australia, Canada and other ‘overwhelmingly white’ countries.
The government approach to ‘justice’ is different when applied to whites:
It is unfortunate that South Africa’s whites are the victims of history and geography, so what is generic to many in South Africa is inflicted on whites who, because of their DNA, do not retaliate in kind. The government’s approach to justice is sometimes different when applied to whites.
The Gauteng black township of Khutsong recently witnessed rampaging mobs out for retribution for what they believed were criminal acts that had gone unpunished. Houses with black people inside, municipal offices, libraries and shops were burnt to the ground. People were necklaced (they were torched with a petrol-filled tyre around their necks). Others were slashed to death with pangas during these “protests” against the lack of government protection against gangs and drugs in the area. Residents took the law into their own hands — and as far as is known, nobody has been arrested for these atrocities.
If a white farmer shoots someone in self-defence on his property, he gets arrested and charged with murder:
But if a farmer shoots at someone on his property whom he suspects could cause harm, and that person is killed or injured, the farmer is arrested and in most cases is charged with murder or attempted murder. In this case there is immediate action by the police, but no action is taken in the townships against vigilante mobs.
- In fact, there are no-go areas which the police will not enter!
One doesn’t see white vigilante mobs swarming into (black) areas with retribution on their minds, burning and necklacing people and slicing others up with pangas.
Africa is savagely violent.
The Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo are currently embroiled in vicious internal battles. Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Nigeria are struggling to keep the peace. Mozambique now faces an uprising. And so it goes on. The turmoil is not only violent, it is savagely violent. Chopped off limbs, mindless massacres and the endless march of refugees “escaping the violence” regularly appear on our TV screens.
We place emphasis on farm murders because TAU SA’s responsibility is to inform the world about the challenges facing commercial farmers here at the tip of Africa.
But we cannot avert our eyes to what happens to others in this country. We close with the following report:
Tuesday November 5, 2013: During a recent trial of three black men, it was revealed they broke into a family home in Walkerville, Johannesburg where they assaulted and shot dead Tony Viana, 53, brutally raped and killed his wife Geraldine and tied up and gagged their sobbing son Amaro.
Above: They pushed the young boy into a bath of boiling water to drown him “because he would be able to identify them”. While raping Mrs. Viana, they stood on her face to restrain her. During what was stated to be a “burglary”, the family’s dog barked. He was killed by disembowelment. The three black men left the courtroom for their cells laughing, according to Johannesburg’s Beeld newspaper.
In the new South Africa, peoples of entirely different values, history, race, backgrounds and thought processes are living together in what is incongruously called a “rainbow” nation. There was a time when separation seemed to be the only sane solution, but this policy was kicked under the bus.
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