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

Farm-riots ‘suspended’- but violence continues

WESTERN CAPE, South Africa:  update: Nov 15 2012 11h00am – ‘Labour and Government agreed to suspend the farm-strike for two weeks’ — after farm workers Michael Daiels 28 died, elderly farmer Tienie Crous 81 was pulled from his bakkie and attacked by a large mob;  and at least 6 other people were injured.

Today, despite the Cosatu trade union advising its workers to ‘go back to work’ because the strike had been ‘suspended for two weeks’ violence broke out from early on Thursday-morning.

DE DOORNS SWELLENDAM FARM BARN TORCHED TRACTORS NOV15  JULIAN JANSEN Yesterday in Wolseley, Twenty-eight-year old Michael Daniels was shot in the back and killed as he turned to flee an approaching police line. link  Also in Wolseley, elderly farmer Tienie Crous 81 was pulled from his bakkie and brutallly assaulted by a mob. Two passersby came to his aid and rushed him to hospital. According to  ‘Die Burger’,  he was released and ‘recovering at home’. However a conflicting report claimed that he died later that afternoon in hospital. link

Also injured:policeman and two press-photographers: one photographer was shot in the back with a rubber bullet, the other one was thrown with a stone.  The policeman was struck on the head with a stone and taken to hospital with head injuries. He reportedly is recovering.

http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Boere-hou-asem-op-20121114

DE DOORNS SAPS HIT BY STONE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

Strike ‘suspended’ but violence goes on:

Despite the admonition yesterday that the strike was ‘suspended for two weeks’’  however -  from 5h30am today the N1 highway at De Doorns was again closed, with renewed violence. Within half an hour, reports came in of violence in Robertson and Ceres as well.

Yesterday at 12h45 a youth in De Doorns called Denver Mezini tweeted this picture below saying “When you go to work, this will happen to you, in my hometown De Doorns. Shit People is Heartless’. He wrote: “I have exams I have to focus on. But how the hell can I focus if people in my town is doing that to else other? Later on he tweeted: ‘Die mense het nou ‘n padstal afgebrand en die polisiebeamptes kan niks..’ (He used a picture from the SAPS forensic files of attacked miners in Marikana, Rustenburg in August 2012: the person below was not attacked in De Doorns yesterday).

De Doorns DENVER MEZINI picture injured man too scared to go to school                                                  https://twitter.com/d_mezini/

http://www.dieburger.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Man-28-sterf-ses-beseer-on-onluste-20121114

http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/farmworker-gunned-down-1.1423787#.UKSVtWfMpNQ

Renewed violence on Thursday November 15 2012 at De Doorns:

DE DOORNS COSATU CALLS FOR NATIONWIDE FARM WORKERS STRIKE nov142012However despite the call to ‘suspend the strike for two weeks and go back to work’ yesterday, the N1 route through De Doorns was closed due to a  fresh outbreak of violence early on Thursday November 15 http://t.co/GgCzisDC

  Left: Cosatu’s announcement: “Marikana comes to the farms’ was theDe Doorns Cosatu intimidation DA statement despicable Nov14 2012 signal which set off the scorched-earth campaign against the Western Cape farms Monday a week ago. Yesterday in a brief announcement, the Mail & Guardian wrote that ‘ government and labour agreed to suspend the strike for two weeks, and for workers to return to work on Thursday”. The paper did not name the officials who had issued the call.

http://za.news.yahoo.com/one-killed-farm-unrest-cosatu-calls-end-strike-122500488.html

‘ Buses from Cape Town with demonstrators to ‘stoke the strike’ – Zille

Right– The DA also condemned Cosatu’s intimidation of farm workers in the strongest terms:

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille also issued a statement yesterday from the Joint Operations Centre – from where she had been tweeting updates. Earlier on Wednesday she tweeted that she had received information that busses had arrived in Wolseley from Cape Town “to stoke the strike there”. Zille said she was in contact with both the provincial and national police commissioners calling for the defence force to be deployed, as police were “stretched thin”. Also, there had been “no reply” to an urgent letter sent to President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday night, and his office had not returned her call, she said.

AgriSA – representing the farmers – also called a press conference after a worker was killed and four workers were injured in the violence yesterday. They slammed the campaign and said “it was definitely a political matter.”

“This is the worst violence that we have ever experienced… For sure it is forces from the outside. It is political,” Agri SA Western Cape president Cornie Swart said. “People are being driven in by buses and taxis. It’s not a strike. It’s a total, political, blown-up thing.”

The labour department expressed condolences to the family of a farmworker killed in Wolseley on Wednesday morning and called for an end to violence. Western Cape police confirmed that a man had been killed as a result of police action and five other people injured during protests in Wolseley.

Deaths, injuries:  one worker killed; injured: four workers, a police officer and a photographer.

An unnamed man died yesterday of a gunshot wound in Wolseley and four demonstrators were injured while shops were plundered. A police officer was injured in Ceres: Eyewitness News . “Die Burger’ photographer Lulama Zenzile was rushed hospital from Ashton with unspecified injuries yesterday.  In Wellington, WC premier Helen Zille had tweeted early yesterday that an Afrikaner farmer was killed – however two hours later, Agri-SA said at a press conference that this was incorrect.

 

HEXRIVER FARMERS TRY TO SAVE THEIR VINEYARDS FROM TORCHING NOV92012 Above: Farmers jumped in and helped each other douse the flames while at least 25 farm-lands comprised of 650 hectares were torched. The Afrikaner farmers also called in more private security and sent their families away to friends and families to protect them from the mob.

The 3,600-hectares De Doorns grapefarms were attacked on Monday; the next day massive farm-stores of the Du Toits Farms were torched in Robertson. Also attacked: the Somali shopkeepers in the townships and squatter camp near the town of De Doorns. The Somali refugee-families’ shops were looted last Monday-night by the “rolling flash mob’.

Yesterday, farmers in the Witzenberg valley at 10h00am reportedly were trapped near Ceres by a large group of black protestors who closed the Geido-pass. And wheat-fields were torched in that region at 11h00. The violence continued spiraling outwards from the Hex River Valley with large storage-sheds and wheat crops at the Du Toit Farm Group’s Ceres farms torched at 11h30. At Somerset West, at around noon some 80 violent protestors set up a burning road-block and demanded R250 a day minimum wages. Previous demands had been R160. By 16h40, some 5,000 people were rioting in Porterville and a small group was burning rubber tyres at a Tulbagh intersection.  BloombergReport 

Strangely for the ruling party of any country, the ANC today called for an international boycot against its own  South African wines which earns the tax-coffers at least R3,6 billion in annual revenue…. link

DE DOORNS BLUE BALACLAVA COSATU AGITATORS WITH WHIPS KEEP WORKERS IN LINE NOV142012 Picture above:  Michael Hammond, Die Burger:

Local residents say they often spotted the same protestors being moved from site to site in taxis to create a false impression of a ‘rolling mass action’’  across this region.   

http://afrikaans.news24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Stakings-Man-sterf-in-Wolseley-20121114 

Below: The Helivac protection team – “  Protect” for Farmers – Powered by TSU Tactical and Helivac was called in to try and save Hex Rivier Valley from further destruction by ‘Rolling Mass Action’ mobs organised by the Cosatu trade unionists.

DE DOORNS HELIVAC SECURITY GROUP CHOPPER STANDING BY DE DOORNS HELIVAC SECURITY GROUP CHOPPER CREW DE DOORNS

Above: Afrikaner grape-farmers sent their families out of harm’s way, tightened up their  security, and also called in Helivac,  a new private 23-member security task-team. This team is standing by with six K9′s and one Bell Longranger helicopter  at the De Doorns farming-community, th centre of thee 3,600 hectares of grape-farms in the Hex River valley. (harvest time for its valuable export crop of 14million boxes is nearing).

Also being protected is a historic heritage site: the area’s unique Cape-Dutch homes in the Hex River valley which are so popular amongst foreign tourists. link

Afrikaner farmers believe these attacks against their farms form an integral part of the violence-pattern which developed all year including against the Marikana platinum- and other mining operations – and that this violence forms an integral part of the ANC/SACP/Cosatu ruling alliance’s sonamed ‘Second Transition’- by which is meant the ‘Second Stage of the Communist Revolution’:

http://www.icl-fi.org/english/wv/1011/southafrica.html   http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.nl/2012/08/death-toll-may-rise-to-38-saps-mine.html 

ANC-Minister to review farm-workers minimum wages’ next week

DE DOORNS ANC LABOUR MINISTER OLIPHANT REVIEWING FARM WORKERS MINIMUM WAGES NOV142012 Left: (click on pic to enlarge) At 16h00 Nov 14 2012, the ANC’s national minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, broke her mysterious week-long silence by releasing a statement to the news media announcing that she would hold a meeting next week to ‘review the minimum wage for farm workers’, which she had last set in March 2012 at R70 a day. The statement also noted that ‘her inspections had found that ‘some farmers paid more than the minimum wage’.  It made no mention of the violence which is engulfing the Western Cape farms.

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

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Farmworkers-force-govts-hand-on-wages-20121114

Cosatu intimidates farm workers:

As it was growing clear that farm-workers were being whipped and forced to participate in the violence against their own employers, the opposition Democratic Alliance issued a formal statement describing Cosatu ‘s intimidation of defenceless farm workers as ‘despicable’- statement.

Rolling flash mob brought their tyres, whips and matches with them:

This past week, just before dawn on Monday morning, an 8,000-strong black-male mob – locals said they were mostly Xhosas and Sothos – were dispatched to the farms in De Doorns with buses from nearby townships, even from as far away as Worcester and Ceres. Residents said this ‘rolling flash mob’ brought their tyres, whips and matches with them.

Afrikaans-speaking coloured farm workers said they were pulled from their cottages, and were intimidated into ‘striking’, many were told to stand out on the main N1 highway while the ‘flash-mob’ set fire to vineyards and two cottages of ‘uncooperative’ farm workers.

By Friday, the local ANC-councillor who the farm-workers said had incited the violence, allegedly had fled with his family from De Doorns, leaving a destroyed farming-village behind him. The local texting-site used by the workers said they were ‘happy to have him leave’, describing him amongst others as a ‘labour-broker’ who earned a great deal of money in the valley.

At Wolseley, a large mob surrounded the Du Toit Farm at Robertson – torching its crops and storage-sheds and trapping farmers wrote Dawn Van Wyk  @landbou http://pic.twitter.com/F2dSzen2

DE DOORNS ROBERTSON DUTOITFARMS TORCHED NOV14 AND NOV 13  Blue balaclavas, agitators with whips:

Onlookers often noted black-male agitators amongst the protesting groups, who wear blue balaclavas and keep workers in line with whips. Yesterday a  SA Police Officer also  was injured on the head by a stone-thrower  in rioting in Ceres. The SAPS says his condition has improved today.

Protestors driven around farms with buses from site to site:

Farmers around Ceres raised their own blockade with the permission of the SAPS to stop the protesting mob from torching their farms and harassing their workers.

  • News24 also noted that the ‘protestors’ were being driven around by buses by a local transport company, and that many of these people were not farm workers at all: link:  and link

Video: grain crops torched Nov 13 2012:

http://youtu.be/uzlGuErEg9E

bit.ly/y1TmYP  bit.ly/UoE4Z7

Below: pictures by Ashwill Peterson in Robertson: Nov 13 and Meriza LaKey Nov 14 at Langeberg:

DE DOORNS ASHWILL PETERSON PICS ROBERTSON NOV13 ACTIONS PROTESTORS COMMENT MOST DEMONSTRATORS SEEMED FROM EAST CAPE     DE DOORNS LANGEBERG NOV14 2012 11H30AM http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4874850629632.2193770.1248437752&type=1  MerizaLaKey

Below: Du Toit Farm Group had just built a new day-care centre at itsVastrap farm in a partnership with the Maersk Sealand shipping line’s retired CEO Per Heisselberg. Yesterday some crops on one of the group’s Ceres farms were torchedDu Toit Group

DE DOORNS ROBERTSON FIRE NOV14 2012 11H00AM DE DOORNS CERES DU TOIT GROUP FARM TORCHED NOV13 2012 11H00AM

 http://www.dutoit.com.framework/NewsArticle.asp?NewsID=11

Above: Crops and storage-sheds  at the Du Toit group’s farms in Ceres and Robertson were torched on Nov 13 and Nov 14. Right  above: the company had just opened a Day Care Centre at its Vastrap farm so that farm-women could leave their children there while they went to work to supplement the family income.

It has been noted by reporters and residents that many of these protestors are being ‘bused around from place to place’ and kept in line with black males, armed with whips, and who often wear balaclavas. By Tuesday Nov 13 at 17h30 the Landbouweekblad journalist on the scene noted that the crowd was at Ceres and that the SAPS had to drive them away with rubber bullets. Ceres is located on the ridge above the Hex River valley and De Doorns. http://t.co/SE6OpVCG

DE DOORNS VIOLENCE SPREADS TO CERES NOV132012 LANDBOUWEEKBLADDE DOORNS ROBERTSON RIOTS NOV132012 9am

Above left: Landbouweekblad pic shows SAPS firing rubber bullets at violent crowd in Nduli township near Ceres. Right Boere Krisis Aksie photo of rioting at Robertson, where motorists were thrown with stones, tyre-barriers were burning on the main highway and ‘protestors weren’t even farm-workers’ local residents said. (time 09h30 Nov 13 2012)

HEXRIVER VALLEY GOOGLE EARTH OVERVIEW MAPDE DOORNS HEXRIVIER VALLEY

 Nov 13: Tuesday: “Marikana Has Come to Farms ‘ – Cosatu trade union’s Tony Ehrenreich threatens with ‘violent rolling mass action’ on all ‘white-owned’ farms countrywide:

DE DOORNS COSATU CALLS FOR NATIONWIDE FARM WORKERS STRIKE nov142012 Above: Cosatu, the co-ruling trade union movement alligned with the SA Communist Party and the African National Congress, has announced a ‘Rolling Mass Action’ campaign of all farm-workers countrywide on Tuesday, November 13 2012 in their statement which was located on their website:  http://www.cosatu.org.za/show.php?ID=6684

 

 Nov 13 2012 – Update from Afrikaans agricultural weekly LandbouweekbladPolice protects the De Doorns workers from large crowds being bused in from Worcester:

De Doorns FEDUSA CALLS FOR LABOUR MINISTER WAGE TALKS INVOLVEMENTLandbouweekblad reporters Alanai Janeke and Johan van der Merwe: quoted security officials from the  #Hex River Valley on Monday Nov 12 as saying that:  “Large numbers of people are being bused in and driven in with taxis to participate in the ‘impromptu strike’ at #DeDoorns grapefarms,’ The SAPS shot at demonstrators on the N1 between Touwsrivier and Ceres who wanted to set up burning-tyre barricades on Monday. The police also blocked these ‘protestors’ from accessing the Stofland squatter camp just outside De Doorns.

Meanwhile a committee has been formed -  comprised of the ANC’s minister of agriculture and AgriSA’s farmers’ representatives –  to ‘look at the minimum wage issue’.  The Landbouweekblad does not mention whether ANC Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant – who sets that minimum wage each year in the first place – would also form part of this ad-hoc committee.  The Cosatu trade unionists also supported this minimum-wage set by that ANC-minister.

 

Left: The Federation of SA trade unions ( Fedusa ) has called for the National Labour Minister to become involved in these negotiations.

 http://www.facebook.com/Landbouweekblad?ref=ts&fref=ts  – http://www.landbou.com/nuus/komitee-besin-oor-plaaswerkers  http://www.fedusa.org.za/2012/11/

Cosatu calls for ‘nationwide strike to support farm workers’

DE DOORNS COSATU CALLS ON FARMWORKERS NATIONWIDE TO STRIKE NOV102012On Saturday, Cosatu trade union already started calling for farm-workers countrywide to strike illegally in support of the arson-attacks and terrorism against these small mostly Afrikaner-owned farms at De Doorns: according to this tweet from EWNnews. (click to enlarge)

In preparation for worse to come, De Doorns farm-families meanwhile left the area temporarily while the farmers remain behind to guard the properties, with the help of the new Helivac security group.

‘Please Pray For Us: they are Burning Down Our Valley Just for a Few Rand:’

Farmers’ families have been leaving their farms since Friday-night 9 November. The crisis reached such emotional proportions amongst these families that popular Afrikaner singer/actor Steve Hofmeyr was asked to ‘pray for De Doorns: ‘they are burning down our valley just for a few Rand, the barbarians. My mom and her friends had to flee from their homes.’

 

GRAPE PRODUCING AREAS SOUTH AFRICA Above: The grape-producing regions of South Africa produce a total of some 42-million cartons (4,5kg each) annually mostly for the export market, producing valuable foreign-exchange for the SA economy. De Doorns in the Western Cape produces some 18million cartons a year.

500 illegal strikers dismissed by WestCape farmer near Paarl:

Meanwhile the Labour Department DID intervene last Thursday, when a BEE-farmer between Paarl and Malmesbury in the Western Cape was allowed to fire 500 workers legally: the department agreed. There has thus far been no such intervention in the illegal strike at De Doorns.  report 

10,000 loaves of bread distributed to De Doorns workers:  DEDOORNS WORKER FAMILIES TENTHOUSAND LOAVES OF BREAD STRIKE

On Saturday, the Hex River Table Grapes Association distributed 10,000 loaves of bread to help feed farm-workers’ families who couldn’t buy any food. (Below) Several hours later, Cosatu issued its call to create a nationwide ‘strike’ against all the white-owned farms.

 Background: De Doorns exports 18million cartons of table grapes a year

the tiny town of De Doorns (The Thorns)   is at the heart of  3,800 hectares of historic grape-farms in the Hex River valley. It also is SA’s single-largest table-grape production area. From this small valley alone, some 18million 4,5kg cartons of table grapes are exported per year. SA’s total output countrywide averages 42-million cartons annually.

After a week of violence and intimidation &  so-called negotiations between farmers’ representative AgriWesKaap and wealthy Cosatu trade union representative Tony Ehrenreich – during which death threats were uttered against specific farmers –  the workers were ‘told to go back to work and rather  negotiate directly with the farmer to get your own wage increased’.  However the damage had been done: the bonds of trust which existed between the long-time Afrikaans-coloured workers and their employers will be very difficult to repair, observers believe. Farmers are now speaking openly of mechanising their farming-operations. The Hex River Valley farmers believe that the ‘wage-negotiations’ were just a ploy – that basically the 8,000-strong mob was bused in to wreck their farms and town’s economy for purely political reasons.   

This is also believed by political observers including West Cape Premier Helen Zille (who was chased off by rockthrowers shouting “Malema’) and said after this  attack that the ‘strikes’ in the Hex River Valley were politically-motivated.

DE DOORNS ZILLE THROWN WITH STONES NOV82012 

Proof of intimidation against farm workers:

“ANC-instigator has left the valley with his family…”

On Friday-night Nov 10 2012, Afrikaans-coloured workers were clearly relieved that the violence had stopped: texting each other that ‘the ANC-instigator who intimidated us into striking, has left the valley with his family. All is peaceful now’.

Another worker texed: “Pat Nelie and his followers will be held accountable one day. They will burn down to the ground. Nelie had everything which the farmers had and look where is he today. Nelie: don’t be angry with the farmers be angry with yourself. Get a decent job and stop smuggling, stealing from trucks. If you lead an honest life your luck will turn. It won’t help to want to be a councillor, but then not work for the people and still expect to earn a big salary. Everything you have lost, is the Lord’s way to bring you back to earth and start anew. An hnest beginning. I wish you the best of luck Nelie, and heartily hope that your own supporters will in the end also not turn against you: as the saying goes: “What you sow you will harvest’.  link HEXRIVIER FARMWORKERS INTIMIDATED HOUSES TORCHED PIC LANDBOUWEEKBLAD NOV82012

Texting site used by SA workers :

http://krymeka00.wapka.mobi/forum_364533.xhtml

On Monday-night – as if to celebrate and reward themselves for the day’s torching spree of 650 hectares (out of the total 3,800 hectares) of vinyards -  the rolling mob invaded the small agricultural town of De Doorns at the valley’s centre. They attacked the Somali-owned spaza-shops in an orgy of xenophobic looting. The police did fire some rubber bullets and tear-gas during this occasion. The loot was carted off in taxis, it was being claimed.HEXRIVIER VINYARD JACQUES BEUKES PIC POLICE REFUSE TO INTERVENE NOV62012

 Two farm workers cottages torched – their families chased out 

The Afrikaans agricultural weekly Landbouweekblad wrote last week: “On Wednesday-and Thursday-night rioters torched some farmworkers’ cottages at De Doorns after the workers had defied the violence-instigators and gone to work”. They quoted AgriWestCape ‘s Porchia Adam: . “Farmers and the agricultural community now are fedup with these inciting troublemakers.” Picture above: Jacques Beukes, Landbouweekblad.

http://m.news24.com/nuus24/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/De-Doorns-Plaaswerkers-se-huise-afgebrand-20121108

Local farmers said Cosatu ‘negotiators’ threatened to start torching all the Western Cape farms ‘until they gave in to their demands of R150 a day wage increased (from the R70 legal minimum which was set by ANC-Labour minister Mildred Oliphant).

AGriWesKaap representatives were also personally threatened with their lives by Cosatu ‘negotiators’ and lodged formal charges with the local SAPS on Friday Nov 9 2012.

It’s important to note that farmers already have to pay a minimum daily R218 for each farm worker for their R3,000 a month for free rent, in addition to farmers providing in-kind payment of free electricity, free water-reticulation, free milk for their families, free health-care insurance and free transportation.

Also important: By law, unions are not allowed to negotiate ‘minimum wage’ agreements: this is done by ANC National Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. After a week of silence, the Labour Department issued a statement saying they would meet ‘next week’ to ‘review the farm workers’ minimum wages. They also noted that ‘some farmers were paying more than minimum wages.’

De Doorns exports 18million cartons of table grapes a year

Below: the tiny town of De Doorns (The Thorns)   is at the heart of  3,800 hectares of historic grape-farms in the Hex River valley. It also is SA’s single-largest table-grape production area. From this small valley alone, some 18million 4,5kg cartons of table grapes are exported per year. SA’s total output countrywide averages 42-million cartons annually.   

At the moment, the early-grape varieties of De Doorns are in bloom and harvest-time is \pproaching: at least 650 hectares of these valuable vines were already torched since last Monday and 25 farms attacked; two farm-workers cottages also were torched after the families were violently chased out by violent black-males with whips. These families now have no homes. Farmers thus far estimate the damage at at least R14million. And they also face extra costs because they hired the Helivac protection team to try and save the valley from further destruction.

Xenophobic attacks against Somalis

The little live-in Spaza shops in De Doorns – run by Somali refugee-families as their sole source of income — were looted in an aggressive orgy of violence: local residents said they were helpless against such an overwhelming flash-mob:  video and history of  xenophobic violence in De Doorns: link

Enroute to De Doorns, the aggressive looters also burnt tyre-barricades and:  “basically destroyed everything they could vent their spleen on, including road-signs,” farmers said. 

Below: Local farm-residents and farmers told me  that many of their coloured workers and their families were pulled from their cottages by the black protestors and sjambokked (whipped)  if they did not want to participate in the ‘protests.’ The workers were herded onto the road to prove that they were ‘striking’. 

Hexrivier plaaswerkers word gedreig as hulle nie op paaie rondstaan nie in sg staking Two farmers arrested for trying defend their families from 8,000-strong mob: one charged with attempted murder:

Two farmers, Barry and Louis de Kock,  became so terrified of the huge mob invading their farm and surrounding their homestead that they fired warning shots in the air in an attempt to scare them away. The SAPS arrested the farmers for ‘attempted murder’.  Farmers said the SAPS basically ‘have their hands cut off after Marikana and can’t intervene, but they did fire rubber bullets to try and stop some of the worst excesses.’

http://youtu.be/Zy8MQxvjYCg

The agricultural weekly ‘Landbouweekblad’ ‘s reporter has been on the scene throughout the protests and recorded the above video. Video source:
http://www.landbou.com/videos/betogers-brand-wingerde-af/

 Hex River farmer: “Mechanised grape-picking machines don’t burn your farm down’

Comment by Hex River Valley farmer after the rioting: “One cannot give in to their demands because where will it end? There is mechanical equipment available for grape-harvesting. The machine doesn’t complain, works all day, doesn’t ask for wage increases and doesn’t burn down your place. Let farmers get together and buy the technology to everyone’s advantage. Look, even if I have to go and help pick grapes – and I believe many farmers believe the same – we cannot give in. What will be next for our farms?”

http://www.satgi.co.za HEXRIVIER VINYARDS TORCHED THREATS TO TORCH FARM HOUSES COSATU TRADE UNION Nov62012

 The SAPS (below) fired some rubber-bullets at the protestors – the workers were quick to show their rubber-bullet wounds to the Landbouweekblad journalists — but most farmers said police officers just sat and watched. A helicopter also was flying overhead dumping water – scooped with a bucket from farm-dams — on the flames.  HEXRIVIER DE DOORNS SAPS JUST WATCH WHILE FARMS ARE BURNT NOV62012 HEXRIVIER 2 VINYARDS BURNING BY PROTESTORS WHO DEMAND MORE JOBS HEXRIVIER 3 VINYARDS TORCHED

documents, relevant links, propaganda statements:

De Doorns Cosatu intimidation DA statement despicable Nov14 2012

Propaganda statement: De Doorns farmworkers demands justified – Buti Manamela: SA Young Communist League

Buti Manamela 07 November 2012 YCL national secretary says silence of MEC Gerrit van Rensburg on De Doorns situation is revealing

Speech made by YCL National Secretary Cde Buti Manamela to De Doorns today.Revolutionary greetings from the more than 80 000 strong members of the The Young Communist League of South Africa (uFasimba). We have been monitoring the situation of farm workers for some time and saw it fit to come and listen to the demands of De Doorn farm workers. The YCL supports the demands of the De Doorns farm workers in the Western Cape in their strike for higher wages, improved working conditions and an end to unjustified evictions.Some of these farm workers are paid just R55 a day by exploitative farm owners. Workers can’t be expected to raise families and sustain themselves on a mere R1400 a month. The YCL feels that the R150 they are demanding is justified considering the harsh conditions they endure and the hard work they do to maximize the profits of the farm owners.Some labour brokers used by these farm bosses transport farm workers in trucks that are not meant for passengers thus putting the life of workers in danger.Workers are on a daily basis evicted by the farm owners and have been encouraged to move to informal settlements where they will qualify for RDP houses.We condemn the violence against workers and demand an immediate solution to the impasse without the loss of life. We demand police immediately deal with the issue of the irate farmer who opened fire on workers yesterday. An investigation must be carried out as to the reason for the police handing over a coloured youth to a white shop owner to assault him after looting his shop rather than arresting him. These images, of a coloured youth being assaulted by a white shop owner were broadcast to the nation yesterday on eNCA news.The silence by the Western Cape MEC for agriculture Mr. Gerrit Van Rensburg is revealing. His choosing to ignore the situation further proves to us that himself and the party he belongs to and serves under, Democratic Alliance is not concerned about the working class and the poor.Since the De Doorns situation does not present an opportunity for media hype we will not see Madam Zille taking action on it. She will not be marching to the shop owner’s house this Sunday protesting neither against his assault nor to the farm owner house that shot protesting workers.Instead of rushing to invade Nkandla Helen Zille must first deal with the issues that are happening in her own backyard. She needs to quickly realize that the world does not revolved around making headlines and media attention. If the De Doorns situation was offering a pad to launch her 2014 elections campaign we don’t doubt that she would have shown her face there.At the centre of all this situation is the issue of land ownership. As the YCL we feel that transformation is moving at a snails pace. More land needs to be transferred to previously disadvantaged people. The willing buyer and willing seller mode is not serving our people and needs to be done away with and put up measures that will deal issues if land ownership with a sense of urgency. Last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report into the conditions of farm workers in the Western Cape. The report found that the conditions of farm workers are perilous with many not being allowed the right to organise, decent sanitation or housing. The HRW called on immediate measures to be taken to improve the lives of the farm workers. The situation in De Doorns proves that the report was largely ignored by the provincial administration. Farm workers are amongst the most vulnerable in society, yet do some of the hardest work to ensure the nation is fed and nourished. We as the YCL say that this must change now.Issued by the YCL, November 7 2012

http://www.sacp.co.za

ANC-propaganda: Bolandse plaasgeweld kring uit: Die Burger:
http://www.dieburger.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Boland-plaaswerker-betogings-kring-uit-20121106

Pro-ANC propaganda: EWN Cape Farm Workers Revolting:http://ewn.co.za/StandAloneMedia/De-Doorns-121106Video source:
http://www.landbou.com/videos/betogers-brand-wingerde-af/

Pictures by Cobus Eksteen

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151308474990281&set=a.362245165280.203011.76884940280&type=1&theater

Afrikaner Farmer arrested:

http://www.facebook.com/ajax/sharer/?s=22&appid=25554907596&p%5B0%5D=76884940280&p%5B1%5D=10151308632040281

Somali shops xenophobia official government report 2008 De Doorns:

https://ir1.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/20094

 Xenophobic attacks Nov 6 2012 De Doorns:

http://www.enca.com/videos/de-doorns-protest-turns-violent

SACP/Cosatu/ANC ruling alliance behind destruction of Hex Rivier farms

http://www.neo-genocide.com/afrikaner-genocide/anc-alliance-and-land-redistribution-behind-de-doorns-protests

Murder list for white farmers shocks Free State residents:

http://www.landbou.com/nuus/moordlys-vir-boere-skok-vrystaat

Report fraudulent, dishonest farm-workers who were dismissed:

http://www.strikeback.co.za

Plaaswerkers se huise afgebrand deur swart Cosatu betogers De Doorns:

http://m.news24.com/nuus24/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/De-Doorns-Plaaswerkers-se-huise-afgebrand-20121108

Second Stage of the Revolution – now referred to as the ‘Second Transition’ in South Africa:

http://www.icl-fi.org/english/wv/1011/southafrica.html

http://www.facebook.com/Landbouweekblad?ref=ts&fref=ts  –

http://www.landbou.com/nuus/komitee-besin-oor-plaaswerkers 

http://www.fedusa.org.za/2012/11/

http://www.opreisnaarzuidafrika.nl/Zuid-Afrika/Western_Cape/Cape_Winelands/

http://www.ofm.co.za/article/125851/Farmworker-unrest-claims-a-life-in-Wolseley?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/anc-calls-for-wine-boycott-1.1422801

 http://maroelamedia.co.za/blog/nuus/de-doorns-staking-boere-versper-pad-na-ceres/

http://afrikaans.news24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Plaaswerkers-met-busse-aangery-20121114

DA statement slams Cosatu intimidation as despicable:

http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page72308?oid=340031&sn=Marketingweb+detail&pid=90389

ANC Minister for Labour Mildred Oliphant announces on Nov 14 2012 that she will ‘review the minimum wage for farm workers which was set at R70 a day in March 2012:  ANC National Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announces ‘review of farm workers minimum wage, was set at R70 a day in March 2012″ – statement:

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

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-06/south-africa-vineyards-burned-for-second-day-protests-grow-2-.html

St Francis Bay fire damage destroyed at least 80 luxury retirement homes Nov 11 2012:

Also still being investigated by forensic experts is the cause of the massive fires which gutted some 80 luxury retirement homes in the world-famous seaside resort of St.Francis Bay.

ST FRANCIS AERIAL PIC DAMAGE LUXURY HOMES TORCHED NOV122012 stfrancis fire LUXURY HOMES BURNING ENTIRE VILLAGE AFFECTED PEOPLE FLEE NOV11 2012

Cosatu threat: ‘Marikana has come to farms’

Update: Nov 13 2012 16h30: – SA Police Officer seriously  injured by stone-thrower  in rioting – Ceres

The week-long violence at the Hex River farms in the Western Cape has just moved up a notch: A SA police-officer was injured and rushed to Ceres hospital, it was confirmed at 11h00am by a hospital spokesman. The SA Police Service confirmed that the officer was in a serious condition after he was struck on the head by a thrown stone during rioting in Ceres.DE DOORNS VIOLENCE SPREADS TO CERES NOV132012 LANDBOUWEEKBLAD

. Thus far, 650 hectares of vinyards were torched at the 3,600-hectares De Doorns grapefarms: this happened on Monday last week. Today, farmers in the Witzenberg valley at 10h00am reportedly were trapped near Ceres by a large group of black protestors closing the Geido-pass. And wheat-fields were torched in that region at 11h00. The violence continued piraling outwards from the Hex River Valley with some crops at the Du Toit Farm Group’s Ceres farms also set alight at 11h30. At Somerset West, at around noon some 80 violent protestors set up a burning road-block and demanded R250 a day minimum wages. Previous demands had been R160. By 16h40, some 5,000 people were rioting in Porterville and a small group was burning rubber tyres at a Tulbagh intersection. Local residents say they often spotted the same protestors being moved from site to site in taxis to create a false impression of a ‘rolling mass action’’  across this region.

Du Toit Farm Group had just built a day-care centre at Vastrap farm in a partnership with the Maersk Sealand shipping line’s Per Heisselberg. Today, some crops on one of the group’s Ceres farms were torchedDu Toit Group

DE DOORNS CERES DU TOIT GROUP FARM TORCHED NOV13 2012 11H00AM http://www.dutoit.com.framework/NewsArticle.asp?NewsID=11

Above: Some vines on the Du Toit group’s Ceres farm was set alight on Nov 13 by Cosatu protestors. The company had just opened a Day Care Centre at its Vastrap farm so that farm-women could leave their children there while they went to work.

DE DOORNS CROPS BURNT TORN OFF NOV12 2012 ROBERTSON                                                                              ________________

Meanwhile it is reported that ”Large numbers of people are being bused in to participate in the ‘impromptu strike” – according to security officials at the scene of the illegal strike at De Doorns grape-farms in the Western Cape. 

The violence spread to nearby Ceres, Robertson, Bonnievale, Ashton  At 07h30 Tuesday Nov 13 the Landbouweekblad wrote that violent crowds also had to be driven away with rubber bullets at Ceres which lies above the Hex River valley and De Doorns. The grape-farming region has been plunged into week-long violence due to the incitement of the Cosatu trade union movement . http://t.co/SE6OpVCG

Above: Landbouweekblad pic shows SAPS firing rubber bullets at violent crowd in Nduli township near Ceres. Below: Boere Krisis Aksie photo of rioting at Robertson, where motorists were thrown with stones, tyre-barriers were burning on the main highway and ‘protestors weren’t even farm-workers’ local residents said. (time 09h30 Nov 13 2012)

DE DOORNS ROBERTSON RIOTS NOV132012 9am

HEXRIVER VALLEY GOOGLE EARTH OVERVIEW MAPBelow: The Helivac protection team – “  Protect” for Farmers- Powered by TSU Tactical and Helivac was called in to try and save Hex Rivier Valley from further destruction by ‘Rolling Mass Action’ mobs organised by Cosatu trade unionists for Tuesday, November 13 2012.

DE DOORNS HELIVAC SECURITY GROUP CHOPPER STANDING BY DE DOORNS HELIVAC SECURITY GROUP CHOPPER CREW DE DOORNS

Above: Afrikaner grape-farmers have sent their families out of harm’s way, tightened up their  security, and also called in Helivac,  a new private 23-member security task-team. This team is standing by with six K9′s and one Bell Longranger helicopter  at the De Doorns farming-community, the 3,600 hectares of grape-farms (harvest time for its valuable export crop of 14million boxes is nearing). Also being protected is a historic heritage site: the area’s unique Cape-Dutch homes in the Hex River valley which are so popular amongst foreign tourists. link

DE DOORNS HEXRIVIER VALLEY Nov 13: Tuesday: “Marikana Has Come to Farms ‘ – Cosatu trade union’s Tony Ehrenreich threatens with ‘violent rolling mass action’ on all ‘white-owned’ farms countrywide:

DE DOORNS COSATU CALLS FOR NATIONWIDE FARM WORKERS STRIKE nov142012 Above: Cosatu, the co-ruling trade union movement alligned with the SA Communist Party and the African National Congress, has announced a ‘Rolling Mass Action’ campaign of all farm-workers countrywide on Tuesday, November 13 2012 in their statement:  http://www.cosatu.org.za/show.php?ID=6684 

 Nov 13 2012 – Update from Afrikaans agricultural weekly LandbouweekbladPolice protects the De Doorns workers from large crowds being bused in from Worcester:

De Doorns FEDUSA CALLS FOR LABOUR MINISTER WAGE TALKS INVOLVEMENTLandbouweekblad reporters Alanai Janeke and Johan van der Merwe: quoted security officials from the  #Hex River Valley on Monday Nov 12 as saying that:  “Large numbers of people are being bused in and driven in with taxis to participate in the ‘impromptu strike’ at #DeDoorns grapefarms,’ The SAPS shot at demonstrators on the N1 between Touwsrivier and Ceres who wanted to set up burning-tyre barricades on Monday. The police also blocked these ‘protestors’ from accessing the Stofland squatter camp just outside De Doorns.

Meanwhile a committee has been formed -  comprised of the ANC’s minister of agriculture and AgriSA’s farmers’ representatives –  to ‘look at the minimum wage issue’.  The Landbouweekblad does not mention whether ANC Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant – who sets that minimum wage each year in the first place – would also form part of this ad-hoc committee.  The Cosatu trade unionists also supported this minimum-wage set by that ANC-minister.

 

Left: The Federation of SA trade unions ( Fedusa ) has called for the National Labour Minister to become involved in these negotiations. Thus far the Minister has however been silent and done nothing.

 http://www.facebook.com/Landbouweekblad?ref=ts&fref=ts  – http://www.landbou.com/nuus/komitee-besin-oor-plaaswerkers  http://www.fedusa.org.za/2012/11/

Cosatu calls for ‘nationwide strike to support farm workers’

Afrikaner farmers believe the attacks against their farms form an integral part of the violence-pattern which developed all year including at Marikana platinum- and other mining operations – and that this violence forms an integral part of the ANC/SACP/Cosatu ruling alliance’s sonamed ‘Second Transition’- by which is meant the ‘Second Stage of the Communist Revolution’:

http://www.icl-fi.org/english/wv/1011/southafrica.html   http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.nl/2012/08/death-toll-may-rise-to-38-saps-mine.html

On Saturday, Cosatu trade union called on farm-workers countrywide to strike illegally in support of the arson-attacks and terrorism against these small mostly Afrikaner-owned farms.

Last week some 650 hectares of the 3,600ha vineyards in the hstoric Hex River valley were torched.  Also attacked: the Somali shopkeepers in the townships and squatter camp near the town of De Doorns. The Somali refugee-families shops were looted last Monday-night by the “rolling flash mob’. DE DOORNS COSATU CALLS ON FARMWORKERS NATIONWIDE TO STRIKE NOV102012

In preparation for worse to come, De Doorns farm-families meanwhile left the area temporarily while the farmers remain behind to guard the properties, with the help of the new Helivac security group,

‘Please Pray For Us: they are Burning Down Our Valley Just for a Few Rand:’

Farmers’ families have been leaving their farms since Friday-night 9 November. The crisis reached such emotional proportions amongst these families that popular Afrikaner singer/actor Steve Hofmeyr was asked to ‘pray for De Doorns: ‘they are burning down our valley just for a few Rand, the barbarians. My mom and her friends had to flee from their homes.’

 

GRAPE PRODUCING AREAS SOUTH AFRICA Above: The grape-producing regions of South Africa produce a total of some 42-million cartons (4,5kg each) annually mostly for the export market, producing valuable foreign-exchange for the SA economy. De Doorns in the Western Cape produces some 18million cartons a year.

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500 illegal strikers dismissed by WestCape farmer near Paarl:

Meanwhile the Labour Department DID intervene last Thursday, when a farmer between Paarl and Malmesbury in the Western Cape was allowed to fire 500 workers legally: the department agreed. There has thus far been no such intervention in the illegal strike at De Doorns.  report 

Rolling flash mob brought their tyres, whipes and matches with them:

This past week, just before dawn on Monday morning, an 8,000-strong black-male mob – locals said they were mostly Xhosas and Sothos – were dispatched to the farms in De Doorns with buses from nearby townships, even from as far away as Worcester and Ceres. Residents said this ‘rolling flash mob’ brought their tyres, whips and matches with them.

Afrikaans-speaking coloured farm workers said they were pulled from their cottages, and were intimidated into ‘striking’, many were told to stand out on the main N1 highway while the ‘flash-mob’ set fire to vineyards and two cottages of ‘uncooperative’ farm workers.

By Friday, the local ANC-councillor who the farm-workers said had incited the violence, allegedly had fled with his family from De Doorns, leaving a destroyed farming-village behind him. The local texting-site used by the workers said they were ‘happy to have him leave’, describing him amongst others as a ‘labour-broker’ who earned a great deal of money in the valley.

10,000 loaves of bread distributed to De Doorns workers: 

On Saturday, the Hex River Table Grapes Association distributed 10,000 loaves of bread to help feed farm-workers’ families who couldn’t buy any food. (Below) Several hours later, Cosatu issued its call to create a nationwide ‘strike’ against all the white-owned farms.

DEDOORNS WORKER FAMILIES TENTHOUSAND LOAVES OF BREAD STRIKE Background: De Doorns exports 18million cartons of table grapes a year

the tiny town of De Doorns (The Thorns)   is at the heart of  3,800 hectares of historic grape-farms in the Hex River valley. It also is SA’s single-largest table-grape production area. From this small valley alone, some 18million 4,5kg cartons of table grapes are exported per year. SA’s total output countrywide averages 42-million cartons annually.

  After a week of violence and intimidation &  negotiations between farmers’ representative AgriWesKaap and wealthy Cosatu trade union representative Tony Ehrenreich, the workers were ‘told to go back to work and rather  negotiate directly with the farmer to get your own wage increased’.

However the damage has been done: the bonds of trust which existed between the long-time Afrikaans-coloured workers and their employers will be very difficult to repair, observers believe. Farmers are now speaking openly of mechanising their farming-operations. The Hex River Valley farmers believe that the ‘wage-negotiations’ were just a ploy – that basically the 8,000-strong mob was bused in to wreck their farms and town’s economy for purely political reasons.   

This is also believed by political observers including West Cape Premier Helen Zille (who was chased off by rockthrowers shouting “Malema’) and said after this  attack that the ‘strikes’ in the Hex River Valley were politically-motivated.

DE DOORNS ZILLE THROWN WITH STONES NOV82012 

“ANC-instigator has left the valley with his family…”

On Friday-night Nov 10 2012, Afrikaans-coloured workers were clearly relieved that the violence had stopped: texting each other that ‘the ANC-instigator who intimidated us into striking, has left the valley with his family. All is peaceful now’.

Another worker texed: “Pat Nelie and his followers will be held accountable one day. They will burn down to the ground. Nelie had everything which the farmers had and look where is he today. Nelie: don’t be angry with the farmers be angry with yourself. Get a decent job and stop smuggling, stealing from trucks. If you lead an honest life your luck will turn. It won’t help to want to be a councillor, but then not work for the people and still expect to earn a big salary. Everything you have lost, is the Lord’s way to bring you back to earth and start anew. An hnest beginning. I wish you the best of luck Nelie, and heartily hope that your own supporters will in the end also not turn against you: as the saying goes: “What you sow you will harvest’.  link HEXRIVIER FARMWORKERS INTIMIDATED HOUSES TORCHED PIC LANDBOUWEEKBLAD NOV82012

Texting site used by SA workers :

http://krymeka00.wapka.mobi/forum_364533.xhtml

On Monday-night – as if to celebrate and reward themselves for the day’s torching spree of 650 hectares (out of the total 3,800 hectares) of vinyards -  the rolling mob invaded the small agricultural town of De Doorns at the valley’s centre. They attacked the Somali-owned spaza-shops in an orgy of xenophobic looting. The police did fire some rubber bullets and tear-gas during this occasion. The loot was carted off in taxis, it was being claimed.

 Two farm workers cottages torched – their families chased out HEXRIVIER VINYARD JACQUES BEUKES PIC POLICE REFUSE TO INTERVENE NOV62012

The Afrikaans agricultural weekly Landbouweekblad wrote last week: “On Wednesday-and Thursday-night rioters torched some farmworkers’ cottages at De Doorns after the workers had defied the violence-instigators and gone to work”. They quoted AgriWestCape ‘s Porchia Adam: . “Farmers and the agricultural community now are fedup with these inciting troublemakers.” Picture above: Jacques Beukes, Landbouweekblad.

http://m.news24.com/nuus24/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/De-Doorns-Plaaswerkers-se-huise-afgebrand-20121108

Local farmers said Cosatu ‘negotiators’ threatened to start torching all the Western Cape farms ‘until they gave in to their demands of R150 a day wage increased (from the R70 legal minimum which was set by ANC-Labour minister Mildred Oliphant).

AGriWesKaap representatives were also personally threatened with their lives by Cosatu ‘negotiators’ and lodged formal charges with the local SAPS on Friday Nov 9 2012.

It’s important to note that farmers already have to pay a minimum daily R218 for each farm worker for their R3,000 a month for free rent, in addition to farmers providing in-kind payment of free electricity, free water-reticulation, free milk for their families, free health-care insurance and free transportation.

Also important: By law, unions are not allowed to negotiate ‘minimum wage’ agreements: this is done by ANC National Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

De Doorns exports 18million cartons of table grapes a year

Below: the tiny town of De Doorns (The Thorns)   is at the heart of  3,800 hectares of historic grape-farms in the Hex River valley. It also is SA’s single-largest table-grape production area. From this small valley alone, some 18million 4,5kg cartons of table grapes are exported per year. SA’s total output countrywide averages 42-million cartons annually.   

At the moment, the early-grape varieties of De Doorns are in bloom and harvest-time is \pproaching: at least 650 hectares of these valuable vines were already torched since last Monday and 25 farms attacked; two farm-workers cottages also were torched after the families were violently chased out by violent black-males with whips. These families now have no homes. Farmers thus far estimate the damage at at least R14million. And they also face extra costs because they hired the Helivac protection team to try and save the valley from further destruction. 

HEXRIVER FARMERS TRY TO SAVE THEIR VINEYARDS FROM TORCHING NOV92012 Above: Farmers jumped in and helped each other douse the flames while at least 25 farm-lands were torched. The Afrikaner farmers also called in more private security and sent their families away to friends and families to protect them from the mob.

Xenophobic attacks against Somalis

The little live-in Spaza shops in De Doorns – run by Somali refugee-families as their sole source of income — were looted in an aggressive orgy of violence: local residents said they were helpless against such an overwhelming flash-mob:  video and history of  xenophobic violence in De Doorns: link

Enroute to De Doorns, the aggressive looters also burnt tyre-barricades and:  “basically destroyed everything they could vent their spleen on, including road-signs,” farmers said. 

Below: Local farm-residents and farmers told me  that many of their coloured workers and their families were pulled from their cottages by the black protestors and sjambokked (whipped)  if they did not want to participate in the ‘protests.’ The workers were herded onto the road to prove that they were ‘striking’. 

Hexrivier plaaswerkers word gedreig as hulle nie op paaie rondstaan nie in sg staking Two farmers arrested for trying defend their families from 8,000-strong mob: one charged with attempted murder:

Two farmers, Barry and Louis de Kock,  became so terrified of the huge mob invading their farm and surrounding their homestead that they fired warning shots in the air in an attempt to scare them away. The SAPS arrested the farmers for ‘attempted murder’.  Farmers said the SAPS basically ‘have their hands cut off after Marikana and can’t intervene, but they did fire rubber bullets to try and stop some of the worst excesses.’

http://youtu.be/Zy8MQxvjYCg

The agricultural weekly ‘Landbouweekblad’ ‘s reporter has been on the scene throughout the protests and recorded the above video. Video source:
http://www.landbou.com/videos/betogers-brand-wingerde-af/

 Hex River farmer: “Mechanised grape-picking machines don’t burn your farm down’

Comment by Hex River Valley farmer after the rioting: “One cannot give in to their demands because where will it end? There is mechanical equipment available for grape-harvesting. The machine doesn’t complain, works all day, doesn’t ask for wage increases and doesn’t burn down your place. Let farmers get together and buy the technology to everyone’s advantage. Look, even if I have to go and help pick grapes – and I believe many farmers believe the same – we cannot give in. What will be next for our farms?”

http://www.satgi.co.za

 

HEXRIVIER VINYARDS TORCHED THREATS TO TORCH FARM HOUSES COSATU TRADE UNION Nov62012

 The SAPS (below) fired some rubber-bullets at the protestors – the workers were quick to show their rubber-bullet wounds to the Landbouweekblad journalists — but most farmers said police officers just sat and watched. A helicopter also was flying overhead dumping water – scooped with a bucket from farm-dams — on the flames.  HEXRIVIER DE DOORNS SAPS JUST WATCH WHILE FARMS ARE BURNT NOV62012 HEXRIVIER 2 VINYARDS BURNING BY PROTESTORS WHO DEMAND MORE JOBS HEXRIVIER 3 VINYARDS TORCHED

documents, relevant links, propaganda statements:

Propaganda statement: De Doorns farmworkers demands justified – Buti Manamela: SA Young Communist League

Buti Manamela 07 November 2012 YCL national secretary says silence of MEC Gerrit van Rensburg on De Doorns situation is revealing

Speech made by YCL National Secretary Cde Buti Manamela to De Doorns today.Revolutionary greetings from the more than 80 000 strong members of the The Young Communist League of South Africa (uFasimba). We have been monitoring the situation of farm workers for some time and saw it fit to come and listen to the demands of De Doorn farm workers. The YCL supports the demands of the De Doorns farm workers in the Western Cape in their strike for higher wages, improved working conditions and an end to unjustified evictions.Some of these farm workers are paid just R55 a day by exploitative farm owners. Workers can’t be expected to raise families and sustain themselves on a mere R1400 a month. The YCL feels that the R150 they are demanding is justified considering the harsh conditions they endure and the hard work they do to maximize the profits of the farm owners.Some labour brokers used by these farm bosses transport farm workers in trucks that are not meant for passengers thus putting the life of workers in danger.Workers are on a daily basis evicted by the farm owners and have been encouraged to move to informal settlements where they will qualify for RDP houses.We condemn the violence against workers and demand an immediate solution to the impasse without the loss of life. We demand police immediately deal with the issue of the irate farmer who opened fire on workers yesterday. An investigation must be carried out as to the reason for the police handing over a coloured youth to a white shop owner to assault him after looting his shop rather than arresting him. These images, of a coloured youth being assaulted by a white shop owner were broadcast to the nation yesterday on eNCA news.The silence by the Western Cape MEC for agriculture Mr. Gerrit Van Rensburg is revealing. His choosing to ignore the situation further proves to us that himself and the party he belongs to and serves under, Democratic Alliance is not concerned about the working class and the poor.Since the De Doorns situation does not present an opportunity for media hype we will not see Madam Zille taking action on it. She will not be marching to the shop owner’s house this Sunday protesting neither against his assault nor to the farm owner house that shot protesting workers.Instead of rushing to invade Nkandla Helen Zille must first deal with the issues that are happening in her own backyard. She needs to quickly realize that the world does not revolved around making headlines and media attention. If the De Doorns situation was offering a pad to launch her 2014 elections campaign we don’t doubt that she would have shown her face there.At the centre of all this situation is the issue of land ownership. As the YCL we feel that transformation is moving at a snails pace. More land needs to be transferred to previously disadvantaged people. The willing buyer and willing seller mode is not serving our people and needs to be done away with and put up measures that will deal issues if land ownership with a sense of urgency. Last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report into the conditions of farm workers in the Western Cape. The report found that the conditions of farm workers are perilous with many not being allowed the right to organise, decent sanitation or housing. The HRW called on immediate measures to be taken to improve the lives of the farm workers. The situation in De Doorns proves that the report was largely ignored by the provincial administration. Farm workers are amongst the most vulnerable in society, yet do some of the hardest work to ensure the nation is fed and nourished. We as the YCL say that this must change now.Issued by the YCL, November 7 2012

http://www.sacp.co.za

ANC-propaganda: Bolandse plaasgeweld kring uit: Die Burger:
http://www.dieburger.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Boland-plaaswerker-betogings-kring-uit-20121106

Pro-ANC propaganda: EWN Cape Farm Workers Revolting:http://ewn.co.za/StandAloneMedia/De-Doorns-121106Video source:
http://www.landbou.com/videos/betogers-brand-wingerde-af/

Pictures by Cobus Eksteen

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151308474990281&set=a.362245165280.203011.76884940280&type=1&theater

Afrikaner Farmer arrested:

http://www.facebook.com/ajax/sharer/?s=22&appid=25554907596&p%5B0%5D=76884940280&p%5B1%5D=10151308632040281

Somali shops xenophobia official government report 2008 De Doorns:

https://ir1.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/20094

 Xenophobic attacks Nov 6 2012 De Doorns:

http://www.enca.com/videos/de-doorns-protest-turns-violent

SACP/Cosatu/ANC ruling alliance behind destruction of Hex Rivier farms

http://www.neo-genocide.com/afrikaner-genocide/anc-alliance-and-land-redistribution-behind-de-doorns-protests

Murder list for white farmers shocks Free State residents:

http://www.landbou.com/nuus/moordlys-vir-boere-skok-vrystaat

Report fraudulent, dishonest farm-workers who were dismissed:

http://www.strikeback.co.za

Plaaswerkers se huise afgebrand deur swart Cosatu betogers De Doorns:

http://m.news24.com/nuus24/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/De-Doorns-Plaaswerkers-se-huise-afgebrand-20121108

Second Stage of the Revolution – now referred to as the ‘Second Transition’ in South Africa:

http://www.icl-fi.org/english/wv/1011/southafrica.html

http://www.facebook.com/Landbouweekblad?ref=ts&fref=ts  –

http://www.landbou.com/nuus/komitee-besin-oor-plaaswerkers 

http://www.fedusa.org.za/2012/11/

http://www.opreisnaarzuidafrika.nl/Zuid-Afrika/Western_Cape/Cape_Winelands/

Cosatu wants all farms attacked nationwide

Afrikaner farm families flee from Hex River Valley to escape arsonist mobs in De Doorns – Adriana Stuijt

 Nov 10 2012 – On Saturday, Cosatu trade union called on farm-workers countrywide to strike illegally in support of the arson-attacks and terrorism against white-owned farms by 8,000 violent black protestors in De Doorns, Hex River valley. 

In preparation for worse to come, De Doorns farm-families meanwhile are abandoning the area. Die Burger journalist Alani Janeke said ‘serious tensions arose in the Hex River valley. Farmers have been leaving their farms since Friday-night 9 November. The crisis has reached such proportions that popular Afrikaner singer/actor Steve Hofmeyr was asked to ‘pray for De Doorns: they are burning down our valley just for a few Rand, the barbarians. My mom and her friends had to flee from their homes.’

DE DOORNS COSATU CALLS ON FARMWORKERS NATIONWIDE TO STRIKE NOV102012 Above: These events form an integral part of the months-long attacks against the country’s income-producing enterprises such as its mining-infrastructures.   Early last Monday, the ruling communist-alliance of South Africa launched arson attacks against privately-owned farms the West Cape  – in their ongoing ‘ second stage ’ of their revolution.

The flourishing Hex River valley grape farms and (and over the past five months also the  Kuruman, North Cape region) were attacked. Cape Talk radio quoted a Cosatu trade unionist on Saturday (above) as calling for farm-workers across the country to also strike in support of the De Doorns workers.

500 illegal strikers dismissed by WestCape farmer near Paarl:

Also on Thursday, a farmer between Paarl and Malmesbury fired 500 workers legally after the Dept of Labour intervened in their illegal strike (which unlike De Doorns, remained peaceful). report 

This week, just before dawn on Monday morning, an 8,000-strong black-male mob – reportedly mostly Xhosas and Sothos – were dispatched to the farms in De Doorns with buses from nearby townships, even from Worcester and Ceres. They brought their tyres, whips and matches with them.

This ‘rolling mob’ reportedly pulled Afrikaans-coloured farm workers from their cottages, intimidated them into ‘striking’, and set fire to vineyards and cottages of ‘uncooperative’ farm workers. By Friday, the ANC-councillor who the farm-workers said had incited the violence, had fled with his family from De Doorns, leaving a destroyed farming-village behind him.

On Saturday, the Hex River Table Grapes Association distributed 10,000 loaves of bread to help feed farm-workers’ families who couldn’t buy any food because the shops were looted. Several hours later, Cosatu issued its call to create a nationwide ‘strike’ against all the white-owned farms.

DEDOORNS WORKER FAMILIES TENTHOUSAND LOAVES OF BREAD STRIKE What happened this past week, is detailed below: 

Background: De Doorns exports 18million cartons of table grapes a year

Below: the tiny town of De Doorns (The Thorns)   is at the heart of  3,800 hectares of historic grape-farms in the Hex River valley. It also is SA’s single-largest table-grape production area. From this small valley alone, some 18million 4,5kg cartons of table grapes are exported per year. SA’s total output countrywide averages 42-million cartons annually.  HEXRIVER VALLEY GOOGLE EARTH OVERVIEW MAP Above: At the moment, the early-grape varieties of De Doorns are in bloom: at least 650 hectares of these valuable vines were torched since Monday and 25 farms attacked; two farm-workers cottages torched after the families were violently chased out. These families now have no homes. Farmers thus far estimate the damage at at least R14million.

        South African  Table Grape Producing Areas:

GRAPE PRODUCING AREAS SOUTH AFRICA

After a week of violence and intimidation &  negotiations between farmers’ representative AgriWesKaap and wealthy Cosatu trade union representatives, the workers were told to go back to work and rather ‘negotiate directly with the farmer to get your own wage increased’. However the damage has been done: the bonds of trust which existed between the long-time Afrikaans-coloured workers and their employers will be very difficult to repair, observers believe. And Cosatu is adding still more fuel to the fire on Saturday by calling for ‘all farm workers’ to ‘strike in support’ of the De Doorns ‘Six Days of Strike Action’.

ONLY LABOUR MINISTER OF ANC CAN SET MINIMUM WAGES – AND SHE IS SILENT ON DE DOORN ISSUE:

By law in South Africa, minimum wages cannot in any case be negotiated between unions: they are annually set by the National Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant. That why the Hex River Valley farmers believe that the ‘wage-negotiations’ were just a ploy – that basically the 8,000-strong mob was bused in to wreck their farms and town’s economy for political reasons.   

Political observers including West Cape Premier Helen Zille (who was chased off by rockthrowers shouting “Malema’ )say the attack on the Hex River Valley was politically-motivated.

DE DOORNS ZILLE THROWN WITH STONES NOV82012 Afrikaner farmers also believe the attack forms part of the pattern which developed all year including at Marikana and other mining operations – an integral part of the ANC/SACP/Cosatu ruling alliance’s sonamed ‘Second Transition’- by which is meant the ‘Second Stage of the Communist Revolution’:

http://www.icl-fi.org/english/wv/1011/southafrica.html

“ANC-instigator has left the valley with his family…”

On Friday-night Nov 10 2012, Afrikaans-coloured workers were clearly relieved that the violence had stopped: texting each other that ‘the ANC-instigator who intimidated us into striking, has left the valley with his family. All is peaceful now’.

Another worker texed: “Pat Nelie and his followers will be held accountable one day. They will burn down to the ground. Nelie had everything which the farmers had and look where is he today. Nelie: don’t be angry with the farmers be angry with yourself. Get a decent job and stop smuggling, stealing from trucks. If you lead an honest life your luck will turn. It won’t help to want to be a councillor, but then not work for the people and still expect to earn a big salary. Everything you have lost, is the Lord’s way to bring you back to earth and start anew. An hnest beginning. I wish you the best of luck Nelie, and heartily hope that your own supporters will in the end also not turn against you: as the saying goes: “What you sow you will harvest’.  link HEXRIVIER FARMWORKERS INTIMIDATED HOUSES TORCHED PIC LANDBOUWEEKBLAD NOV82012

Texting site used by SA workers :  on Saturday their texts were deleted: http://krymeka00.wapka.mobi/forum_364533.xhtml

On Monday-night – as if to celebrate and reward themselves for the day’s torching spree of 650 hectares (out of the total 3,800 hectares) of vinyards -  the rolling mob invaded the small agricultural town of De Doorns at the valley’s centre. They attacked the Somali-owned spaza-shops in an orgy of xenophobic looting. The police did fire some rubber bullets and tear-gas during this occasion.

 Farm workers cottages torched – their families chased out 

The Afrikaans agricultural weekly Landbouweekblad wrote: “On Wednesday-and Thursday-night rioters torched some farmworkers’ cottages at De Doorns after the workers had defied the violence-instigators and gone to work”. They quoted Agri-West Cape ‘s Porchia Adams. “Farmers and the agricultural community now are fedup with these inciting troublemakers,” she added. Pictures Jacques Beukes, Landbouweekblad.

http://m.news24.com/nuus24/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/De-Doorns-Plaaswerkers-se-huise-afgebrand-20121108

Local farmers said Cosatu ‘negotiators’ threatened to start torching all the Western Cape farms ‘until they gave in to their demands of R150 a day wage increased (from R70). AGriWesKaap representatives were also personally threatened with their lives by Cosatu ‘negotiators’ and lodged formal charges with the local SAPS on Friday Nov 9 2012.

It’s important to note that farmers already pay a minimum daily R218 for each farm worker: as they also receive R3,000 a month for free rent, in addition to inkind payment of free electricity, free water-reticulation, free milk for their families, free health-care insurance and free transportation.

Also important: By law, unions are not allowed to negotiate ‘minimum wage’ agreements: this is done by ANC National Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

De Doorns exports 18million cartons of table grapes a year

Below: the tiny town of De Doorns (The Thorns)   is at the heart of  3,800 hectares of historic grape-farms in the Hex River valley. It also is SA’s single-largest table-grape production area. From this small valley alone, some 18million 4,5kg cartons of table grapes are exported per year. SA’s total output countrywide averages 42-million cartons annually.  

HEXRIVER VALLEY GOOGLE EARTH OVERVIEW MAP At the moment, the early-grape varieties of De Doorns are in bloom: at least 650 hectares of these valuable vines were torched since Monday and 25 farms attacked; two farm-workers cottages torched after the families were violently chased out. These families now have no homes. Farmers thus far estimate the damage at at least R14million.

HEXRIVIER VINYARD JACQUES BEUKES PIC POLICE REFUSE TO INTERVENE NOV62012

‘Protestors’ claimed that this was a ‘spontaneous wage-dispute’ — and the Cosatu-trade-union leader as well as the SA Communist Youth league leader held inciting speeches on Wednesday and claimed to be ‘negotiating the minimum wage dispute’. Despite the fact that minimum wages are set by the National Labour Minister each year and that unions cannot ‘negotiate’ about them at all.

HEXRIVER FARMERS TRY TO SAVE THEIR VINEYARDS FROM TORCHING NOV92012 Above: Farmers jumped in and helped each other douse the flames while at least 25 farm-lands were torched. The Afrikaner farmers also called in more private security and sent their families away to friends and families to protect them from the mob.

Xenophobic attacks against Somalis

The little live-in Spaza shops in De Doorns – run by Somali refugee-families as their sole source of income — were looted in an aggressive orgy of violence: local residents said they were helpless against such an overwhelming flash-mob:  video and history of  xenophobic violence in De Doorns: link

Enroute to De Doorns, the aggressive looters also burnt tyre-barricades and:  “basically destroyed everything they could vent their spleen on, including road-signs,” farmers said. 

Below: Local farm-residents and farmers told me  that many of their coloured workers and their families were pulled from their cottages by the black protestors and sjambokked (whipped)  if they did not want to participate in the ‘protests.’ The workers were herded onto the road to prove that they were ‘striking’. 

Hexrivier plaaswerkers word gedreig as hulle nie op paaie rondstaan nie in sg staking Two farmers arrested for trying defend their families from 8,000-strong mob: one charged with attempted murder:

Two farmers, Barry and Louis de Kock,  became so terrified of the huge mob invading their farm and surrounding their homestead that they fired warning shots in the air in an attempt to scare them away. The SAPS arrested the farmers for ‘attempted murder’.  Farmers said the SAPS basically ‘have their hands cut off after Marikana and can’t intervene, but they did fire rubber bullets to try and stop some of the worst excesses.’

http://youtu.be/Zy8MQxvjYCg

The agricultural weekly ‘Landbouweekblad’ ‘s reporter has been on the scene throughout the protests and recorded the above video. Video source:
http://www.landbou.com/videos/betogers-brand-wingerde-af/

 

THE HISTORY

The area is hugely popular with foreign tour companies for their historic wine-farms tours

Historic wine-farm route of South Africa – video

Although popular for tourists, South Africa no longer delivers top-quality table grapes for the export market: Dutch traders note: 

http://www.agf.nl/nieuwsbericht_detail.asp?id=81276

Hex River farmer: “Mechanised grape-picking machines don’t burn your farm down’

Comment by Hex River Valley farmer after the rioting: “One cannot give in to their demands because where will it end? There is mechanical equipment available for grape-harvesting. The machine doesn’t complain, works all day, doesn’t ask for wage increases and doesn’t burn down your place. Let farmers get together and buy the technology to everyone’s advantage. Look, even if I have to go and help pick grapes – and I believe many farmers believe the same – we cannot give in. What will be next for our farms?”

http://www.satgi.co.za

 

HEXRIVIER VINYARDS TORCHED THREATS TO TORCH FARM HOUSES COSATU TRADE UNION Nov62012

 The SAPS (below) fired some rubber-bullets at the protestors – the workers were quick to show their rubber-bullet wounds to the Landbouweekblad journalists — but most farmers said police officers just sat and watched. A helicopter also was flying overhead dumping water – scooped with a bucket from farm-dams — on the flames.  HEXRIVIER DE DOORNS SAPS JUST WATCH WHILE FARMS ARE BURNT NOV62012 HEXRIVIER 2 VINYARDS BURNING BY PROTESTORS WHO DEMAND MORE JOBS HEXRIVIER 3 VINYARDS TORCHED

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documents, relevant links, propaganda statements:

Propaganda statement: De Doorns farmworkers demands justified – Buti Manamela: SA Young Communist League

Buti Manamela 07 November 2012 YCL national secretary says silence of MEC Gerrit van Rensburg on De Doorns situation is revealing

Speech made by YCL National Secretary Cde Buti Manamela to De Doorns today.Revolutionary greetings from the more than 80 000 strong members of the The Young Communist League of South Africa (uFasimba). We have been monitoring the situation of farm workers for some time and saw it fit to come and listen to the demands of De Doorn farm workers. The YCL supports the demands of the De Doorns farm workers in the Western Cape in their strike for higher wages, improved working conditions and an end to unjustified evictions.Some of these farm workers are paid just R55 a day by exploitative farm owners. Workers can’t be expected to raise families and sustain themselves on a mere R1400 a month. The YCL feels that the R150 they are demanding is justified considering the harsh conditions they endure and the hard work they do to maximize the profits of the farm owners.Some labour brokers used by these farm bosses transport farm workers in trucks that are not meant for passengers thus putting the life of workers in danger.Workers are on a daily basis evicted by the farm owners and have been encouraged to move to informal settlements where they will qualify for RDP houses.We condemn the violence against workers and demand an immediate solution to the impasse without the loss of life. We demand police immediately deal with the issue of the irate farmer who opened fire on workers yesterday. An investigation must be carried out as to the reason for the police handing over a coloured youth to a white shop owner to assault him after looting his shop rather than arresting him. These images, of a coloured youth being assaulted by a white shop owner were broadcast to the nation yesterday on eNCA news.The silence by the Western Cape MEC for agriculture Mr. Gerrit Van Rensburg is revealing. His choosing to ignore the situation further proves to us that himself and the party he belongs to and serves under, Democratic Alliance is not concerned about the working class and the poor.Since the De Doorns situation does not present an opportunity for media hype we will not see Madam Zille taking action on it. She will not be marching to the shop owner’s house this Sunday protesting neither against his assault nor to the farm owner house that shot protesting workers.Instead of rushing to invade Nkandla Helen Zille must first deal with the issues that are happening in her own backyard. She needs to quickly realize that the world does not revolved around making headlines and media attention. If the De Doorns situation was offering a pad to launch her 2014 elections campaign we don’t doubt that she would have shown her face there.At the centre of all this situation is the issue of land ownership. As the YCL we feel that transformation is moving at a snails pace. More land needs to be transferred to previously disadvantaged people. The willing buyer and willing seller mode is not serving our people and needs to be done away with and put up measures that will deal issues if land ownership with a sense of urgency. Last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report into the conditions of farm workers in the Western Cape. The report found that the conditions of farm workers are perilous with many not being allowed the right to organise, decent sanitation or housing. The HRW called on immediate measures to be taken to improve the lives of the farm workers. The situation in De Doorns proves that the report was largely ignored by the provincial administration. Farm workers are amongst the most vulnerable in society, yet do some of the hardest work to ensure the nation is fed and nourished. We as the YCL say that this must change now.Issued by the YCL, November 7 2012

http://www.sacp.co.za

ANC-propaganda: Bolandse plaasgeweld kring uit: Die Burger:
http://www.dieburger.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Boland-plaaswerker-betogings-kring-uit-20121106

Pro-ANC propaganda: EWN Cape Farm Workers Revolting:http://ewn.co.za/StandAloneMedia/De-Doorns-121106Video source:
http://www.landbou.com/videos/betogers-brand-wingerde-af/

Pictures by Cobus Eksteen

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151308474990281&set=a.362245165280.203011.76884940280&type=1&theater

Afrikaner Farmer arrested:

http://www.facebook.com/ajax/sharer/?s=22&appid=25554907596&p%5B0%5D=76884940280&p%5B1%5D=10151308632040281

Somali shops xenophobia official government report 2008 De Doorns:

https://ir1.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/20094

 Xenophobic attacks Nov 6 2012 De Doorns:

http://www.enca.com/videos/de-doorns-protest-turns-violent

SACP/Cosatu/ANC ruling alliance behind destruction of Hex Rivier farms

http://www.neo-genocide.com/afrikaner-genocide/anc-alliance-and-land-redistribution-behind-de-doorns-protests

Murder list for white farmers shocks Free State residents:

http://www.landbou.com/nuus/moordlys-vir-boere-skok-vrystaat

Report fraudulent, dishonest farm-workers who were dismissed:

http://www.strikeback.co.za

Plaaswerkers se huise afgebrand deur swart Cosatu betogers De Doorns:

http://m.news24.com/nuus24/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/De-Doorns-Plaaswerkers-se-huise-afgebrand-20121108

Second Stage of the Revolution – now referred to as the ‘Second Transition’ in South Africa:

http://www.icl-fi.org/english/wv/1011/southafrica.html

Nov 1 – Nov 9 Hatecrimes S.A.

Friday 9 Nov: Nov 1 – Nov 9 2012 Hatecrimes S.A.

 

Summary

Dead in hatecrimes thus far this month alone

from Nov 1 to Nov 9: 

8 Afrikaners murdered; 1 English-speaking white SA woman murdered; and also 2 young, Afrikaans-speaking coloured abalone fishermen died mysteriously in Hawston, WC police custody.

In October 2012 alone –  a total of 23 Afrikaners and 3 ESSA’s were murdered and more than 65 Afrikaner families traumatised, members injured, in armed attacks by black male gangs. Read

Hatecrimes recorded from May 2012 to Nov 9 2012: 502

(Summary: Since Oct 1 2012 a total of 31 Afrikaners and 4 English-speaking white South Africans were murdered in hatecrimes)

 LATEST MURDERS: Massacre at rectory of leading Afrikaner religious family in Harrismith, FS:

Gerhard Vermeulen 25 visitor shot dead during hatchet-attack which killed Rev Willem Brits, injured wife Dorethia

20:39 Nov 08, 2012 visitor of Rev Willem Brits shot dead in massacre attack against leading Afrikaner family in Harrismith.

 

Dutch-reformed Rev Willem Brits dead, wife Dorethia seriously injured black male attackersvisitor Gerhard Vermeulen shot dead in orgy of violence against leading Afrikaner family

20:39 Nov 08, 2012 Rev Willem Brits dead in armed attack: wife Dorethia seriously injured: daughter’s visitor  Gerhard Vermeulen 25 shot dead,  3 children tied up, traumatised  in massacre at rectory of the Dutch. Reformed Church, Harrismith..

SAPS constable Percy Ledwaba still on duty: he shot dead neighbour Joof Janse van Rensburg; but was found guilty only of “Pointing a Firearm and Assault’ – sentence Nov 16 2012

14:11 Nov 07, 2012

SAPS constable Percy Ledwaba who shot dead neighbour Joof van Rensburg with his service pistol – still works as a cop. And he wasn’t charged with culpible homicide nor murder: he was charged with ‘pointing a firearm in a municipal area’ and ‘Assault’….

Murdered:

Leon Uys, owner Teasal Motors, Roodepoort: tied up, throat cut, left to bleed to death: nothing robbed

UYS LEON KOBUS ROODEPOORTS NECK ARTERY CUT TIED UP TO BLEED TO DEATH NOTHING ROBBED NOV52012 http://www.neo-genocide.com/farmitracker/reports/view/500

Mrs Marjory Southerland Uren, 93, murdered in granny flat, Prospect Road, Walmer, PE – Nothing robbed

UREN Marjory Sutherland 93 murdered Walmer granny flat NOV 5 2012

A 93-year-old woman was found murdered in her bed in a granny flat in Prospect Road, Walmer this morning.Police Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg,said Marjory Southerland Uren was found shortly after 8am by her domestic worker.She was last seen alive at 8pm yesterday evening.There are no sigs of anything missing from the flatlet and the motive for the attack is not known.Anyone who may have information can contact the Walmer Detectives Unit on 041-581-1496 http://www.metronewspaper.co.za/2012/11/05/93-year-old-woman-murdered-in-walmer/

Empoverished Afrikaner Steven Vorster 45 stabbed to death, two women raped in his rented Krugersdorp apartment

01:30 Nov 04, 2012

Jobless, empoverished Afrikaner Steven Vorster 45, murdered, his wife and mother-in-law brutally raped by sonamed ‘burglars’ Krugersdorp West apartment. Mr Vorster survived by collecting and reselling scrap-iron.

Two Afrikaans-speaking coloured youths, 17 and 19, die in SAPS cell Hawston: six police vehicles torched in spontaneous protests against death in police cell of abalone-poacher

10:13 Nov 04, 2012

Six police vans burnt after two Hawston residents die in SAPS cell after riot Nov 3 2012 Fishing rights Hawston: http://www.prem-online.org/archive/1/doc/PREM%20SA%20fisheries%20project%20report%20wout%20append.pdf…

Mrs Corlia Kock dies of brain-injuries sustained in attacks in Vryburg Oct 21 2012

06:26 Nov 04, 2012

Nov 4 2012: Mrs Corlia Kock has died of the brain-injuries sustained in her office in Vryburg on Sunday-evening Oct 21 2012. Also: Vryburg residents warned by SAPS not to go on streets alone in daytime or at night … new security structures arranged with Solidarity and Afriforum with local community. 

Willem Andries Verkerk, 58 dragged from his bed and shot dead execution style, family brutalised

05:33 Nov 02, 2012

Willem Andries Verkerk 58 dragged from his bed and shot dead execution style with FIVE shots: Walker Fruit Farms

‘ Not a week goes by that we don’t bury someone who was murdered: ‘Walker’s Fruit Farms ‘:

VERKERK Willem Andrew 58 DRAGGED FROM HIS BED AND SHOT DEAD FIVE SHOTS WALKERS FRUIT FARMS NOV2 2012 http://www.neo-genocide.com/farmitracker/reports/view/484

Smallholder Ronald Peffers 74 shot dead Saxonwold homestead near Atlantis

02:08 Nov 02, 2012

Smallholder Ronald Peffers 74 shot dead at Saxonwold near Atlantis, WC It’s not known if anything was robbed. http://www.dieburger.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Plaasmoord-naby-Kaapstad-20121102…

Was there a link between motiveless cruel torture-death of Mrs Julie Cruse of Middelburg and gang which blew up ATMs next to her workplace 4 months later?

05:50 Nov 01, 2012 – Security guard Steve Muller shot in arm in fierce gunfire volley by large group of black male bank robbers who blew up ATM-bank in Middelburg.

 

Survived:

Brits farm attack: farmer survived 4 shots: in Brits mediclinic, wife pistol Whipped in face

06:35 Nov 06, 2012 Brits farm attack, Sanddrift: source: #ThomasDeLaPort writes A farmer survived 4 shots and is in Brits mediclinic, wife pistol-whipped Sa tNov 3 2012 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boere-Krisis-Aksie-BKA/116298045063416?ref=ts&fref=ts

Black-racist attack against foreign student Nov 4:

FASTINGS RAKEL 21 NORWEGIAN EXCHANGE STUDENT STABBED BY BLACK STUDENT 24 TIMES OCT242012 Above: Norwegian exchange student Ms Rakel Fastings, 21 survived being stabbed 24 times by a black SA student in an unmotivated attack witnessed by other students  — just after Africa’s largest student-union SASCO  issued a poster (below) referring to such white foreign students with genocidal hatespeech words  i.a.  ‘white cockroaches’ and ‘white pigs’ (below). Thus far no formal retraction of the SASCO poster has been issued by its parent-body, the African National Congress.

NORWEGIAN student Rakel Fastings 21 stabbed 24 times by black student KZN Oct24 2012 http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Foreign-student-attacked-at-KZN-varsity-20121104

Groblersdal farm attack, farm-woman in critical condition Bronkhorstspruit Hospital facial injuries

Unconfirmed: 06:30 Nov 06, 2012 Groblersdal farm attack, Farm-woman in critical conditiion at Bronkhorstspruit Hospital with facial injuries: farm: Brakfontein, N12..

Henry and Helena Jacobs and two young sons attacked by 4 black males, Bon Accord Dam campsite

04:00 Nov 04, 2012

Henry Jacobs, wife Helena and two kids in armed-attack nightmare at Bon Accord Dam camping weekend — Henry Jacobs, wife Helena and two young sons were asleep when a knifeman sliced his way into their tent…

 

Friends4Humanity charity in USA warns Foreign Exchange Students about threats against them in South Africa: Cosas threatens to kill the ‘white cockroaches’

15:56 Nov 05, 2012

Friends 4 Humanity feels compelled to issue a warning to International Students studying in South Africa. The South African Student Congress…-

 

Vredefort FS farmer survives injuries from armed attack: SAPS fails to identify him by name

16:00 Nov 03, 2012

Vredefort FS farmer survives injuries from armed attack Vredefort – Nov 2 2012 – The FS police are seeking three black males armed with handguns…

Viljoenskroon FS Mr Reinecke’s farm attacked, two armed black males

09:19 Nov 02, 2012 NOV2 2012: – Viljoenskroon Free State Mr Reinecke’s farm attacked by two armed black males – The SA Police are seeking for a Ford Ranger vehicle… Awaiting details of attack.

Tuks professor Max Braun is in critical, but stable condition after being shot by intruders in his Elarduspark, Pta. home

– Wife Clare shot in shoulder; No mention in news media of anything being stolen

BRAUN Clare Pretoria News and Prof Max husband attacked injured ELARDUS PARK HOME http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Tuks-maths-prof-shot-in-robbery-20121106#.UJi9b60z2Ps.twitter

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reference links

Sticks and Stones may break your bones, but words can kill you:

http://www.genocidewatch.org/images/Sticks_and_Stones_May_Break_Your_Bones.pdf

Previous months:

hatecrimes rose from 334 by Sept 17 to 500 by Nov 5:

In the week of Sept 18 – 26 2012 alone two Afrikaner dads were murdered in cold blood protecting their families from armed gangs inside their homes, and an Afrikaner homeowner beaten up by a gaggle of traffic cops. From May 1 2012 to Sept 17 2012 there were 334 hatecrimes reported against ethnic-Europeans in SA – of whom 99 percent were Afrikaner victims. By Nov 5 2012, the total number of hatecrimes logged had risen to 500.
http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.nl/2012/09/racial-attacks-incidents-sept-18-26-2012.html

On Sept 19 2012 it was reported from Trompsburg FS that local black-racist youth groups, referred to as The Snake gang, were systematically carrying out the murders of Afrikaner farmers. The groups even circulated a murder-list, –warned local black resident  Bukelwa Mnweba of the Trompsburg residents association. This news emerged after the double-murder of Afrikaner farmers Johan 71 and Cecilia 72 Fourie – hacked to death with hatchets. The Snakes reportedly also were responsible for the double murder of Jan and Johanna Greyling in 2006 and the near-fatal attack on farmer Phillip Henning in 2007.

Secret military training of black township youths paid for by SA taxpayers:
http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.nl/2012/09/news-sept-18-2012.html

ANC hides Boer Genocide behind fake stats:
http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.nl/2012/08/anc-hides-boer-genocide-behind-fake.html

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