Category Archives: South Africa

South African Police Go South

It is over two decades since the people of South Africa created a society in which skin color did not determine individual rights. However, scarcely a week goes by without a story concerning abuse of human rights by police in the country. The world was shocked last week  by a video which depicted an immigrant being dragged through the streets by a police car. He was handcuffed to the rear of the car as the vehicle drove on. General Riah Phiyega expressed her shock at the death of Mido Macia from neighboring Mozanbique.

A murder investigation is now in process. Since the entire world knows what  happened we can expect some form of punishment. The real problem is that similar abuses of human rights are daily occurrences in South Africa and few will ever be known, let alone lead to punishment.

Police Murder, Charge Victims!

Miners in South Africa went on strike. As in any strike, there is anger, shouts of violence and, most probably, a few men who arm themselves. The strike at Marikana platinum mine ended in disaster. Police charged the strikers and the ensuing battle killed about 34 men. So, who does the State Prosecutor charge with causing the death of the miners– the miners!! He has charged 270 strikers–those still alive, witht murder of their colleagues.

Lawyers for miners were schocked when the  State Prosecutor increased the charge from attempted murder to murder. This is certainly a novel way to handle police brutalilty. There is no question the situation was tense, there is no question that miners were ready for violence, but it is exactly at that moment clear headed police hold back and proceed with some form of negotiations.


Death In South Africa

Those  who lived during the horrible years in South Africa when the white government disregarded the rights of black skinned people,  we can never forget bloody scenes in which white police fired upon crowds of demonstrating citizens of South Africa. We all expected that once Nelson Mandela helped create a modern multi-cultural society those days of blood and death were no longer going to appear. Alas, the dreams of yesterday, have been transformed into the nightmares of today.

A group of black miners were demonstrating. Yes, they had sticks, yes, some carried machetes. Black and white South African police approached the crowd and began firing without restraint. When their bullets smashed into bodies, the end result was that 30 men were dead and untold dozens wounded. The media depicted white and black police wallking casually past the bloodied corpses of black men lying crumpled in the dirt.

Most have returned to work. But, the legacy of death lingers on and old memories are resurrected.

It is a sad day for democracy in South Africa.

Death And Demagogues In South Africa

The nation of South Africa was shocked at the murder of 34 miners who were on strike against their company. Police fired into the crowd of miners and the result was the worse massacre of humans since the old days of apartheid. President Zuma rushed to the scene and made attempts to calm angry voices. He did not do a good job resulting in demagogues to enter the dialogue with voices of anger and hate.

Julium Malema, who was expelled from the African National Congress due to preaching hate against whites came to the scene of violence. He decided to play the colonial race card. Malema blamed white mine owners for the massacre. “The British are making money out of the mines.” He went on to denounce President Jacob Zuma for the deaths of innocent people.

Perhaps, it is time for decent wages or nationalization.

Let’s Not Tell A Secret

South Africa recently passed the State Protection of Information Bill which is designed to prevent anyone from stealing its state secrets. According to State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, “if I am a foreign spy any legislation which makes me work harder won’t be nice for me.” Let me get this  straight. The bill won’t prevent spies from getting information they seek, but it will make them “work harder.” If I am a spy  working harder means receiving more money and if I have any common sense the harder it is for me to get information, the more money I receive.

Of course, the flip side is  protecting state information means that South African citizens can not obtain desired information. Dennis Dlomo of the State Security department insists, “we are not hiding(information) from   our fellow South Africans, we are hiding it from those who are trying to harm our national interests.” But, what if your fellow South Africans want information that you claim damages national interests? Of course, every government insists it is protecting national interests.

Moral Decline Of South Africa!

The people of South Africa were outstanding in their fight to achieve a democratic society so it is distressing to witness those who fought for freedom to abandon the fight for democracy in Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe is a thug who has ordered opponents to be beaten, raped and killed in order to maintain power, but this apparently does not bother the leaders of South Africa. Once again, the magic word of “colonialism” was used to cover up support for petty dictator.

Keith Khoza,speaking for the African National Congress, justified support for a murderer and rapist by  announcing, “we are consolidating our relationship as a former liberation movement and we are supporting them.” In other words, the ANC will back Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party despite its record of brutalizing people in Zimbabwe. Instead of backing the Movement for Democratic  Change and its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, the ANC will allow gangsters masquerading as “liberators” to continue their reign of murder and rape in Zimbabwe.

Shame on the African National Congress for abandoning the people of Zimbabwe.

Mugabe, The Magic Dragon

Robert Mugabe has ruled the country of   Zimbabwe for many, many years and the end result is that a nation which once was among the wealthiest nations in Africa is now reduced to poverty. An advertisement  from South African nando resttaurants depicts the man who enjoys torturing and murdering opponents as “the last dictator standing.” The sixtysecond commercial shows the thug president eating alone at a table which once had dictators like Gaddafi.

The ad soundtract has Mugabe recalling the good old days with dictators to the tune of “those were the days.” He and Muammar Gaddafi engage in a water fight and then Mugabe makes sand angels with departed Saddam Hussein.

My question is: Does Mugabe dislike truth in advertisement?

ANC Disciplines Youth Leader

Julius Malema is an angry young South African who wants to make clear to one and all–particularly to white skinned South Africans– there is need to change the economic structure of society. He also wants to become president of the country, and what better approach to that goal than inflaming young people with the rhetoric of anger toward whites? The African National Congress is  terrified his words will not merely enflame young South Africans, but will make white business decide to leave South Africa.

Malema was banned from any activity in the African National Congres for five years on grounds his words and actions “would have a negative impact on international and inter-state relations and would be prejudicial to South Africa as a whole.” In clear English this means we can not allow anti-white comments because such words would lead to less and less moneyinvested in the country.

OK, Julius, you are frustrated at poverty in South Africa. Now develop a long term program to address this issue!

Assad, Apres Moi,Le Deluge!

Death totals continue to rise as Syrian tanks enter city after city blasting away at anyone who dares express disagreement with the dictatorial regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey, a close ally of Syria, sent Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu to Damascus with a plea to cease the slaughter but Assad told him to mind his own business because he intends to destroy any and all “Islamic militants”– his expression for those who oppose his government. Ironically, Turkey is ruled by the Justice and Development Party which represents conservative Muslims in the nation.

There still remain nations like India, Brazil, Russia and South Africa which believe there are no conditions under which the UN should intervene in order to halt a maniac from killing his own people. Finally, the Russian government has begun to sound an alarm of despair at the actions of its ally. At least 2,000 are dead, including four hundred during the past week.  We await a march of Muslims who will openly enter Syria in order to express solidarity with their fellow Muslims.

Of course, does anyone actually believe the above will occur?

Hatred Lives In South Africa

One would hope that a people who were compelled to live in segregated society where skin color determined education and economic success would be sensitive to issues of multiculturalism. The people of Israel come from a heritage of hatred and persecution, but justify the oppression of Palestinians in their country. The people of South Africa are confronted by over a million refugees from Zimbabwe whose ruler, Robert Mugabe is a tyrant and thug. Former South African President Mbeki allowed this two bit murderer to continue in power and now those driven from the country face hatred and persecution in South Africa. A video is now circulating on YouTube about the beating of an innocent man from Zimbabwe who was attacked and killed by a mob out to get “thieves.” He was walking home from church. Last year mobs roamed through refugee camps attacking and burning and killing in a frenzy of hatred toward those who were “strangers” in their land. Joseph Makota, shrugs and says: “Just being a Zimbabwean is a crime here, you do not have to be a criminal or to be a thief.”

Katlego Matheta, who witnessed the latest murder of an innocent man, sighed and said: “It’s simple to kill a man here. They are not scared to kill here.” Ironically, last year’s World Cup which took place in South Africa witnessed a reduction in hatred, but, alas, the game is over and killing has returned.