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Political assassinations increase in SA power battle

 

Zuma ally shot dead

January 22 2009 - Following Jacob Zuma's accession to the ANC leadership in 2007 and ex-president Thabo Mbeki's resignation in 2008, those Mbeki-supporters who failed to acknowledge defeat at the Polokwane (2007) conference broke away from the ANC to form the Congress of the People. (COPE). The two factions are only linked tribally or emotionally to the leaders of both groups, because both parties have identical policies. And the two factions are increasingly at each other’s throats, with literal warfare erupting in many black communities across South Africa which have for decades, lived together peacefully.

There are political assassinations, threats against local leaders’ lives, constant attempts to take over local regions through the use of violence and intimidation, mostly through witchcraft-linked violence.  See “tribal healers increasingly powerful in SA politics” here

Below we record a summary of these events as they occur.

ANC and COPE protestors in increasing faceoffs violence ANC pic 22/01/2009 Durban - Ikosi Mbongeleni Zondi, the grandson of a famous Zulu King and a strong ally of ANC president Jacob Zuma, was shot dead in Durban's Umlazi township on Thursday morning.  Zondi, a direct grandson of Bhambatha Zondi of the famous Bhambatha Rebellion, was travelling along Stimela Avenue when his car was sprayed with AK-47 bullets. Police collected 50 spent AK47 cartridges.  see ANC 

(This picture was sent to me for publication from the ANC media office upon my request. This is how I received it. I apologise for the imprint.)

Shocked high profile politicians, including Safety MEC Bheki Cele, and the Durban Mayor Obed Mlaba, visited the scene. Police spokesperson Jay Naicker said the incident took place at 07:00. The victim was overtaken by a car which had three occupants. Two of them opened fire and they were using AK47s. We appeal to anyone who saw the incident unfolding to come forward and help us with the investigation," said Naicker. It is believed that Zondi, who lived in Msinga in the Midlands, was visiting his fiancé in Umlazi when he was shot. Zondi recently hosted Zuma at his home where he threw a party for the ANC president.

PIETERSBURG/POLOKWANE LOCAL LEADERS ATTACKED, HOUSE TORCHED

In Pietersburg/Polokwane on January 22, an ANC-municipal councillor's house was torched. It's believed this is a 'cholera-related protest against the leadership' with the tenth cholera death  recorded in Limpopo province since November last year. Police superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said  the unnamed councillor's house in the Greater Tubatse Municipality was burnt down on Monday. Monday's incident followed another attack on another ANC-leader, local mayor Ralepane Mamekoa on Saturday, while he was attending a mass-funeral for cholera victims.

His car was hit with stones and the windscreen and all other windows broken. Community spokesMAN Fanny Matsunyane confirmed that the attack on the mayor was due to the fact that people blamed the poor water-reticulation service  for the cholera epidemic.

Matsunyane claims that the municipality ‘s clean-water tanks, provided to stop people from drinking from the river, quickly run dry. "And the community is worried that people who are admitted for cholera are dying and that the municipality is not communicating their plans to assist in stopping this," he said.

The municipality provides tanks with clean water to stop people from going to streams, and he fears that once the clean-water supply is depleted, people go back to using the cholera-infested river water.

1980/1 CHOLERA OUTBREAKS IN KZN AND BOPHUTHATSWANA

CholeraEpidemicIngwavuma1980_1_AdrianaStuijtReportThis is an experience I have personally also observed during the 190/1 cholera epidemics I reported on for the Rand Daily Mail newspaper. Two cholera outbreaks occurred simultaneously in Northern KwaZuluNatal and in the then-homeland of Bophuthatswana near Pretoria. See the report from the Rand Daily Mail published at the time, reporting that the SA Army ‘s quick action had saved many thousands of lives.

Both regions were sealed off by the SA Army medical service and a large number of rehydration tent sites set up at  Catholic mission station hospitals and government clinics to control the outbreaks.  It was found that both rivers feeding into these regions were infected with cholera.

Hundreds of water-tankers from the military were sent out, driven by  young soldiers who were taking clean water around to all these communities. They were invariably greeted with ululuing and great cheer, and the free water-purification tablets and packets which were handed out during the military’s  cholera-prevention meetings were all snapped up by the thousands. As soon as the water-tanks emptied out and fresh supplies didn’t arrive in time, however, back they all went, into the river, swimming in it, drinking from it, and defacating in it. Teams of soldiers were constantly searching the river banks, trying to keep the kids from swimming in the rivers. And the water-purification packets we noticed were sold as ‘cholera-medicine’ at roadside stands and local spaza shops. Combating cholera in South Africa is a major undertaking – and the Limpopo provincial health department is barely coping. Without the help of the International Red Cross, which has also set up several clean water-reticulation sites, the epidemic could be a lot, lot worse…

This week the local municipality, which manages water supply to the entire Tubatse region,  said that they had budgeted R18m (about $1million) to combat the epidemic. This money has to come from their very small taxpayer-base. The central government still has not sent any cash to help them out with their extra expenses. Spokesman Sizwe Yende also said they didn't know that the clean-water tanks' supplies were depleted so quickly -- promising that they 'would investigate and supply more water wherever there was a need'.
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Nelspruit ANC-councillor Jimmy Mohlala gunned down

On January 5 the leading ANC-councillor of the Nelspruit/Mbombela municipality, Jimmy Mohlala, was gunned down execution-style at 8pm in front of his home  in KaNyamazane township. He had just arrived at the front door with son Sifiso (16) when three armed men rushed towards them. While the father and son tried to flee into their home, the dad was shot dead.The son also was shot in a leg. Police superintendent Abie Khoabane said a special task force has been put together in nearby Middelburg to investigate the murder.

Two leading ANC-linked businessmen attacked in Welkom:

That same day in Welkom, in the Free State, two leading ANC-members, local businessmen Patrick Khumalo and Martin Matsela were also attacked. The two businessmen lived only a few houses apart in Jan Cilliers Park. Police say these were ‘just ordinary robberies,’ but local ANC-members doubt this. Matsela, who owned a funeral home and other businesses in the town, was shot dead on the steps of his home. Only an hour later, businessman Patrick Khumalo and his wife Lucy were also attacked – right under the noses of the police, investigating the first murder just houses away. Khumalo was accosted by three armed men, but he managed to set off his car alarm and the men fled with his car keys, about $5,000 in cash and the couple's cellphones.

ANC-breakaway party COPE meetings attacked in Mpumalanga

Congress of the People rallies often disrupted violently by ANC Meanwhile the African National Congress members are also increasingly aggressive towards their breakaway faction which has formed the Congress of the People party (COPE). They issue death-threats and disrupt public meetings by COPE. ANC members aggressively invaded two COPE meetings in Mpumalanga, causing violence and aggression between the two groups.  see

Many of these people have lived peacefully together in the same communities for decades – yet they are now at each others throats, and things are getting nastier by the minute.

At two weekend meetings, COPE-members were trapped inside the community hall for hours near the Samora Machel monument in Mbuzini, near the Swaziland border.And a few hours later, another COPE-meeting was disrupted at Acornhoek near Bosbokrand. COPE's provincial deputy leader John Nkuna and his followers were trapped inside the hall while a large group of people with ANC-shirts were holding a violent protest demonstration at the front door. The few local cops called in to restore order struggled to do so and had to call in for reinforcements from nearby Komatipoort and Tonga.Police superintendent Abie Khoabane claimed that the protestors probably had been 'drunk', however no-one was arrested. Apparently the ANC-members encircle the meeting venues and then proceed to sing and dance so aggressively and loudly that the meeting cannot take place. ANC-spokesman Paul Mbenyane said they weren't going to waste their time investigating these 'alleged incidents' because nobody could prove the people involved had even been ANC-members. Similar disruptions -- in very much the same modus operandus -- also occurred at a COPE meeting on December 24 in Alexandra near Johannesburg.

COPE-convenor Mzonke Mayekiso gets death-threats:
COPE convenor in Alexandra Mzonke Mayekiso said they were preparing for the meeting when they were confronted by a group of ANC supporters, people who knew personally.The wore ANC T-shirts, insulted party leaders, vandalised his car and threatened his life. "They were wearing ANC T-shirts and these are my former comrades...I know all of them," said Mayekiso, adding that police intervened and the meeting continued despite the protest. Earlier, ANC president Jacob Zuma called for members not to disrupt Cope meetings after a number of similar reported incidences in various provinces.

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ANC-regime on collision course with Pres. Obama

January 22 2009 TonyLeon_WikipediaPic South Africa was on a collision course with the new president of the United States, Barack Obama, because of his more enlightened approach to addressing human rights, South Africa’s opposition party Democratic Alliance foreign affairs spokesman Tony Leon said on Wednesday.

Leon told the 100 Club in Cape Town that Obama, inaugurated on Tuesday, offered the opportunity for America and the world to look for rights-based and multilateral solutions to the globe's many crises.

  • "South Africa, by rights and by inclination, should be a willing and vigorous partner in the plan to reinvigorate a more just world order," he said.

Instead, SA's recent votes and voice in international councils and forums, such as the United Nations, had "put us in the company of the rights-delinquent nations and authoritarian regimes of the world".

"Earlier in January it was revealed, for example, that South Africa refused to support a declaration by the United Nations General Assembly calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality," said Leon.

"What we practise at home, in our constitution and via progressive legislation we contradict abroad for fear of offending some of the most retrogressive authoritarian countries in the world.

"Shortly before Christmas, South Africa's foreign policy was again in the news in Washington - and again for all the wrong reasons. Under the headline 'South Africa's Crime' the highly influential Washington Post decried our government's enablement of Robert Mugabe's 'destruction of neighbouring Zimbabwe, at the cost of thousands of lives'."

Dutch Africa-correspondent Bram Vermeulen quits over crime

 

BramVermeulenZimbabwe_PicOff_TV1_News_AJStuijt January 22 2009 – The Dutch Africa-news correspondent Bram Vermeulen, 34, voted Dutch Journalist of 2008 for his reports on Zimbabwe, says he's 'tired of living with the crime in Johannesburg'. He announced that he and his South African-born wife would move to Istanbul, in Turkey for his next posting. see He said he was ‘just exhausted and tired of the crime in Johannesburg.’

Asked by a Dutch TV interviewer why he simply didn't move to Cape Town, he said: "it's just as criminally dangerous in Cape Town, the only difference between Johannesburg is that Cape Town is prettier.' 

He said it simply wasn’t safe for whites to be out in public: “whites are being targetted as rich First-Worlders, surrounded by an ocean of Third-Worlders’…

Speaking on a Dutch interview programme on TV1 (Wednesday 21 January 2009) Vermeulen said that after 9 years in South Africa, he's tired of living in empty, lonely streets with high walls and electronic surveillance cameras. He's been attacked inside his home twice in the past year, he told his interviewers, adding:  '… and I just know those guys will be back..'

He had a 'guardian angel' sitting on his shoulder until then, he said, but also knew that the place was just getting far too dangerous to live in.

  • He writes in his last report from Johannesburg that 'we took a younger, extra dog. For extra security. The walls in my street have grown higher by the year, the burglar bars thicker, and the warnings ever-more threatening: 'Warning, armed response. Who enters these premises will be shot.''

Giant-sized paranoia…

He writes that he enjoyed the beauty of the landscape, the warmth of the South Africans, the smell of its red earth. "But we never could get used to that crime, the doggies and me.  After an armed attack in broad daylight with a raised knife, we stopped our daily walks through the park nearby. We could miss the telephone and the wallet which were robbed. However we were also robbed of our freedom. And there already was so little freedom we had in this city of hills, trees and giant-sized paranoia.'

  • .. doggie isn't going with me to my next destination. I leave him behind with a colleague in exactly the same way my predecessor also donated his dog to me.
    Correspondent-doggie. I will miss him and the majestic landscape. Bye Africa. Bye doggie...' See his last report from Johannesburg here

Journalist of the Year

He was voted Journalist of the Year by the editorial staff of the Dutch trade-magazine De Journalist. He is the Africa-correspondent for the Dutch NOS-TV news, the NRC-Handelsblad, and the Dutch World Broadcasting Service, wereldomroep.
The jury said that particularly his reports from Zimbabwe impressed his peers in journalism the most. see one of his prize-winning articles here

"He couples courage to quality, undertaking his work in extremely difficult circumstances and taking the necessary risks."This creates a high quality in his work. He offers his listeners, viewers and reders often valuable additional information and background news.He proves the value of having a foreign correspondent agency abroad'. see

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South Africa on collision course with Obama

TonyLeon_WikipediaPic South Africa was on a collision course with the new president of the United States, Barack Obama, because of his more enlightened approach to addressing human rights, South Africa’s opposition party Democratic Alliance foreign affairs spokesman Tony Leon said on Wednesday.

Leon told the 100 Club in Cape Town that Obama, inaugurated on Tuesday, offered the opportunity for America and the world to look for rights-based and multilateral solutions to the globe's many crises.

  • "South Africa, by rights and by inclination, should be a willing and vigorous partner in the plan to reinvigorate a more just world order," he said.

Instead, SA's recent votes and voice in international councils and forums, such as the United Nations, had "put us in the company of the rights-delinquent nations and authoritarian regimes of the world".

"Earlier in January it was revealed, for example, that South Africa refused to support a declaration by the United Nations General Assembly calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality," said Leon.

"What we practise at home, in our constitution and via progressive legislation we contradict abroad for fear of offending some of the most retrogressive authoritarian countries in the world.

"Shortly before Christmas, South Africa's foreign policy was again in the news in Washington - and again for all the wrong reasons. Under the headline 'South Africa's Crime' the highly influential Washington Post decried our government's enablement of Robert Mugabe's 'destruction of neighbouring Zimbabwe, at the cost of thousands of lives'."

Adriana Stuijt ‘s reports on DigitalJournal.com


CHINESE RHINO-POACHING CRIMINAL GANG ARRESTED IN SOUTH AFRICA

January 21 2009 – PIETERSBURG SOUTH AFRICA -- HackedRhinoHorn_SAPoliceJournalonline_gov_za Eleven poachers of rhino horns -- including three Chinese syndicate members -- were arrested in South Africa today in a dangerous, time-consuming operation in which rangers and police staked out the poaching gang for weeks.

Police senior superintendent V Naidoo said that the huge joint operation stretched across three provinces, involving the SA Police and rangers from the national parks board organisations -- and they arrested the entire gang. Eleven people, comprised of six Mozambiquans, two South Africans and three Chinese citizens, were charged with illegal hunting, unlawful possession and dealing of rhino horn, and the unlawful possession of high-calibre firearms. (PICTURE BY SA POLICE SERVICE) The Chinese citizens -- believed to be members of an international Chinese crime-syndicate -- are Dr Wei Guan Hu, a medical doctor from Bruma Lake near Johannesburg; and two Cape-Town based businessmen, Jianwei Wu and Z. Yu.

Some 100 rhinos slaughtered in South Africa
Last year, some 100 rhinos have been slaughtered for their horns in the country's animal reserves in three provinces. Police and game rangers have often stated that the slaughter of the protected animals was caused by the Chinese criminal triads who use the animal horns in their socalled 'traditional medicine'. see
For rest of article, see: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/265632

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SA schools hijacked for political rallies

SA Teachers Union Strike 2008 sadtu org za The largest South African opposition party has accused the country's government-alligned teachers' union of 'hijacking schools for political rallies', warning that politicising schools will have catastrophic consequences for the children's education.

South Africa 's Democratic Alliance spokeswoman Desiree van der Walt said Wednesday that the SA Democratic Teachers Union was constantly hijacking schools for political purposes. She called on the African National Congress leadership to put a halt to these constant disruptions of valuable teaching times. "South African children already receive one of the worst standards of education in the world,' she said. For background on the growing crisis in SA education.rest of article, see: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/265661

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Where are our two mining buddies? ask striking SA miners:
  South Africa's accident-plagued Rustenburg Platinum Mines had a brief wildcat strike by 17,000 miners today - demanding a probe into the mysterious disappearance of two miners who went underground in 1991 and 2002 - and never returned.

Two leading trade unions describe the mine's dangerous working conditions as 'being in a raging safety crisis'. Platinum miners Qikelela Nontanaza and Thomas Mashibwe disappeared below ground in 1991 and 2002 respectively, both at the Frank Shaft - and still remain unaccounted for. There were no mud-slides nor any kind of seismic events which could have accounted for their disappearance on those days. see
The country supplies about 80% of the world's platinum. However the industry is also increasingly plagued by a large number of international crime-syndicates who are paying large, organised groups of armed rogue-miners to steal ore from the mineshafts below and melting the mineral down in backyard smelters. For rest of article, see: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/265636

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Alien eradication programme has gardeners in a huff (funny video)
 

PompomInvaderPlantSouthAfricaOver 9,000 species of alien plants, trees and shrubs are colonising and destroying the fragile South African environment. The government now is cracking down hard on owners of gardens and plantations whose alien plants cause so much damage.

Gardeners countrywide now are being ordered regularly by municipal officials to remove all their 'alien' trees, shrubs and plants. Schools regularly embark on programmes to chop down all the alien tree invaders along the country's rivers and streams -- and every year between December and March, during their flowering season, tons of purple pompom weeds are pulled out from their roots along the roadsides and parks.

The previous SA government had already recognised this alien plant invasion as a major environmental hazard. They launched an eradication programme of a great many alien plant species from 1983.Gardening centres and nurseries are also very actively encouraged to switch their sales stocks to indigenous plants, trees and flowers -- because they are responsible for 62% of all the alien plant invasions in South Africa. For rest of article, see:http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/265633

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Entire South African Airways crew arrested in UK for drugs:
SAPoliceWithMarijuanaHaulJan192009LesothoFreestateDrugBustCTairportSgtThelejaneConst Xuba SAPoliceJournal The entire fifteen-member crew of a South African Airways flight were arrested at London's Heathrow Airport with 50kg of illegal marijuana in their possession. The state-run airline is South Africa's flag carrier and its largest airline company.

The mellow South African-grown marijuana -- known as dagga -- is a highly valued drug on the London drugs scene. Also found: 5kg of cocaine.The entire consignment found in the three suitcases had an estimated street value of about R4,5m. It was discovered on South African Airways flight SA 234 from Johannesburg on arrival at 08:00. Questioned were all fifteen members of the flight- and cabin crew. They were released on bail and will have to appear in court in the UK.

On the same day, the SA police also recorded two drug busts: the two cops pictured above left, sergeant Thelejane, l and constable Xuba of Ravensmead police station - working at the domestic arrivals terminal of Cape Town Airport, also arrested a notorious Nigerian drug dealer who was carrying this nifty supply of mandrax and heroine on the plane with him from Johannesburg. Nigerian drug-smugglers – always from the same tribe – are responsible for more than 80% of all the South African drugs trade. They have set up shop in South Africa because of the country’s excellent tranportation systems, (harbours, airports) and its modern banking system, where they can whitewash their blood-money to their hearts’ content. And the Vosloorus police photographed on the right, also spotted a marijuana plantation in a local backyard. For rest of article, see:http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/265631 PICTURES BY SA POLICE SERVICE

Tribal seers increasingly powerful in SA politics

 

JohannesburgMutiShopPicJanLamprechtAfricanCrisisPermission January 22 2009 - All the schooling at two South African village shools has been disrupted for a week -- after five tribal seers, “sangomas’ , placed a spell on the school with traditional ‘medicine’ or muti. All the residents in the village of Sefikile near Mogwase in North West Province were immediately gripped by fear and anger and withdrew their kids from school.

The parents now demand that a 'cleansing ritual' must be carried out by these five traditional healers --  which could take as long as a week.

North West province's education department spokesman Charles Raseala said the irate parents withdrew their children from both schools when five sangomas showed up, chanting in the local Venda language, and planted spells.It's not known what this muti (traditional medicine) spell consisted of.

Growing political power of the SA witchdoctors:

This incident is only one of a great many recent examples which illustrates the the growing political power of the witchdoctor, the 'traditional healer', the ‘sangoma’, the ‘traditional seer’  in South African politics. And they are growing equally powerful in the medical world. see   and see  and also see

TraditionalHealers_AdvertisingPosters_Johannesburg_AdrianaStuijt The South African tribal seers' power has grown ever since September 2004, when a law was passed to register the estimated 200,000 'traditional healers and seers', giving them  equal status as medical health-practitioners in South Africa.

This Act has given the traditional healers a strong political power-base – backed by law. There are many incidents now in which local 'traditional leaders', aided by the witch-doctors, have been taking over political hegemony of entire rural regions in South Africa.

And this is the tactics they use: showing up at schools, community halls and even police stations to plant muti-spells – which then forces terrified communities to carry out 'cleansing rituals'. This serves to establish their local power base - and these traditional healers usually work under the direct orders from a local tribal leader or councillor.

There are about 200,000 traditional healers registered under this Act - which was enacted with only one opposing parliamentary vote during the reign of AIDS-denialist former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang during the parliamentary session.see 

Sangoma_Pretoria_With_Pharmacopia_AfricanCrisisJanLamprechtPermission Reports are published daily in the SA news media now about incidents where local and even national politicians use witchcraft – ‘traditional African seers and healers’ - to establish their power base see here  , here  and here

And this should not be such a surprise: the South African leaders of today were raised in a tradition of witchcraft when they were still in exile.  They often used traditional African 'witch-hunting methods' in their military training camps to teach youths how to terrorise resistent township residents into submission to ANC-hegemony. see

These young men - who became the leaders of present-day South Africa -- were taught the traditional African witchdoctor's purgative powers of fire, such as necklacing: placing a burning tyre around a victim's neck -- and also decapitation see

Also widely used in the exile camps in Angola was organised rape to terrorise and kill so-called 'cockroaches', or sellouts – also referred to as ipimpi in South Africa.

Whenever the word 'cockroach' is used by any witchdoctor or any tribal leader in Africa, it's a terrible curse, a kiss of death. see

Accusations of consulting traditional seers have even been leveled against both the deposed ex-president Thabo Mbeki and the president of the African National Congress, Jacob Zuma recently. A Caribbean voodoo spiritualist had apparently calmed down a restless President Thabo Mbeki soon after he was toppled as ANC leader last year.
And the night before ANC-president Jacob Zuma first appeared in court as an accused in the arms-deal fraud trial, there were strong rumours that he had consulted a traditional seer. see

South Africa's traditional seers practising this campaign of terror against the country’s citizens, are apparently above the law: they have been given equal legal status  to the Western medical practitioners in South Africa and even are allowed to administer to their patients even in public state hospitals and |AIDS-TB clinics: see

MakobaMavis_TongaVendor_CastSpell_Cops_Soil_AfricanCrisis Ordinary citizens also are seen to use more and more witchcraft.  For instance  street vendor Mavis Makobeb was arrested by terrified cops while she was gathering dirt from the court-yard of a local police station.
The Sowetan newspaper reported that when questioned she readily admitted that she was making muti from the dirt in the yard to stop the cops from arresting her son.see

On Oct 31 2008 in KwaMakhutha, KwaZulu-Natal, classes were also suspended at the KwaMakhutha Comprehensive High School, south of Durban, after some pupils started behaving strangely. School principal Mdu Ngidi said the trouble at the school started last week on Thursday when a female pupil began crying 'for no apparent reason'. “We are puzzled by what is happening at the school,” Ngidi said. “It all started with one pupil breaking down and bursting into tears. “When asked why she was crying she explained she had attended her sibling’s funeral the previous day and now needed prayers because she was seeing strange things. “We asked one of our staff members to pray for her. She got better but then the pupils helping her also “ became possessed”. He first contact church leaders to come and pray for the pupils - who were preparing for final year exams. However during the prayer, some peoples started speaking in tongues, and said they 'wanted to drink blood'. The hysterical prayers carried on from 7am until midday.

“During the prayer some pupils kept on saying strange things – speaking in tongues,'' said the principal. “Some of them said they wanted to drink blood... Strange things usually happen whenever the grade twelve pupils were about to start their exams.
“Some pupils just don’t write exams because they are too sick,” he said. “...Some of our teachers are also affected by what seems to be demons.”

Witchcraft often also is deadly:
The organisation Doctors For Life  - representing a large numbers of medical doctors, dentists, veterinaries and other professionals – started warning from 2004 that this Act legalising African witchcraft was very dangerous.

Traditional medicines often are harmful

" Traditional healers should be kept out of South Africa's health care system because traditional medicines were potentially harmful to patients,' they warned.

DFL also predicted that the Bill would provoke more so-called "muti" murders -- made to provide human body parts for traditional healers from people who were alive while the body parts were harvested. Many healers share the belief that "human tissue can make powerful medicine," the doctors' organisation warned.

Human sacrifice
MutiKilling_ChildHead_MutiShopDiagonalStreetJohannesburgThe Doctors for Life campaigners were correct: ever since the new Act, a gruesome, thriving trade has grown up in South Africa in the trade of human body parts.

A large variety of body parts are being harvested: penises, eyes, noses, vaginas, breasts, heads and limbs - with the hapless victims invariably alive, screaming and fully aware.
The 'traditional healers' who order these body parts are almost never prosecuted, even though some victims survive the mutilation see here

Under the 'traditional healer's' guidance, the body parts are 'harvested' while the victim is alive - because the victims' pain and fear 'increases the power of the muti.'

Raping virgins cures AIDS

And 'traditional healers' also carry out other, even more horrifying rituals, the ritual of 'opening up the virgin' - usually a toddler or baby girl - so that grown men can rape these children, in the terrifying belief that this would cure them of AIDS.

This has in large part, contributed to the country's terrifying child-rape epidemic - see  - and here , also here  and here

This terror which is destroying the female children of South Africa also is not expected to abate because South Africa has about 6,1-million people who are infected with the HI-virus.
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Indeed these traditional healers made some very powerful medicine which the military’s biological warfare labs would just love to get their hands on:

  • on Sept 22 last year, thirteen members of the 15-member Mazubane family of Dingleton township in Paddock near Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal - which held weekly cleansing rituals of taking a herbal medicine concoction, were found dead, coated in blood. Their horrified neighbour found the family when he'd stopped by to  borrow a Bible. Dead were a two-week-old baby, four boys aged between two and seven, a 17-year-old boy, a 21-year-old man, four women in their 30s and two 55-year-olds. It was believed that the 17-year-old boy, a trainee 'traditional healer', (sangoma) had administered the deadly concoction just a few minutes earlier because the blood was still flowing. Police superintendent Zandra Wiid Dingleton-saps@saps.org.za said only two male members of the extended tribal family survived - because they weren't at home at the time.

CanwhitesbechargedwithwitchcraftFears are also growing among white South Africans that they will increasingly be forced to submit to the local-level political rule of the traditional leaders and their witchdoctors. This worry was first raised last year -- in the following debate between a Boer and a black resident who asked why whites shouldn’t submit to ‘traditional tribal customs’ on this video:

The 'traditional healers' who order these body parts are almost never prosecuted even though sometimes, the victims survive the mutilation see here they are far too terrified to ever testify against such powerful men and women.

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Adriana Stuijt ‘s reports on DigitalJournal.com


HackedRhinoHorn_SAPoliceJournalonline_gov_za Eleven poachers of rhino horns -- including three Chinese syndicate members -- were arrested in South Africa today in a dangerous, time-consuming operation in which rangers and police staked out the poaching gang for weeks.

Police senior superintendent V Naidoo said that the huge joint operation stretched across three provinces, involving the SA Police and rangers from the national parks board organisations -- and they arrested the entire gang.

Eleven people, comprised of six Mozambiquans, two South Africans and three Chinese citizens, were charged with illegal hunting, unlawful possession and dealing of rhino horn, and the unlawful possession of high-calibre firearms.

The Chinese citizens -- believed to be members of an international Chinese crime-syndicate -- are Dr Wei Guan Hu, a medical doctor from Bruma Lake near Johannesburg; and two Cape-Town based businessmen, Jianwei Wu and Z. Yu.

Some 100 rhinos slaughtered in South Africa
Last year, some 100 rhinos have been slaughtered for their horns in the country's animal reserves in three provinces. Police and game rangers have often stated that the slaughter of the protected animals was caused by the Chinese criminal triads who use the animal horns in their socalled 'traditional medicine'. see
For rest of article, see: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/265632

SA schools hijacked for political rallies
SA Teachers Union Strike 2008 sadtu org za The largest South African opposition party has accused the country's government-alligned teachers' union of 'hijacking schools for political rallies', warning that politicising schools will have catastrophic consequences for the children's education.

South Africa 's Democratic Alliance spokeswoman Desiree van der Walt said Wednesday that the SA Democratic Teachers Union was constantly hijacking schools for political purposes. She called on the African National Congress leadership to put a halt to these constant disruptions of valuable teaching times.
"South African children already receive one of the worst standards of education in the world,' she said. For background on the growing crisis in SA education.rest of article, see: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/265661

Where are our two mining buddies? ask striking SA miners:
  South Africa's accident-plagued Rustenburg Platinum Mines had a brief wildcat strike by 17,000 miners today - demanding a probe into the mysterious disappearance of two miners who went underground in 1991 and 2002 - and never returned.

Two leading trade unions describe the mine's dangerous working conditions as 'being in a raging safety crisis'. Platinum miners Qikelela Nontanaza and Thomas Mashibwe disappeared below ground in 1991 and 2002 respectively, both at the Frank Shaft - and still remain unaccounted for. There were no mud-slides nor any kind of seismic events which could have accounted for their disappearance on those days. see
The country supplies about 80% of the world's platinum. However the industry is also increasingly plagued by a large number of international crime-syndicates who are paying large, organised groups of armed rogue-miners to steal ore from the mineshafts below and melting the mineral down in backyard smelters. For rest of article, see: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/265636

Alien eradication programme has gardeners in a huff (funny video)
 

PompomInvaderPlantSouthAfricaOver 9,000 species of alien plants, trees and shrubs are colonising and destroying the fragile South African environment. The government now is cracking down hard on owners of gardens and plantations whose alien plants cause so much damage.

Gardeners countrywide now are being ordered regularly by municipal officials to remove all their 'alien' trees, shrubs and plants. Schools regularly embark on programmes to chop down all the alien tree invaders along the country's rivers and streams -- and every year between December and March, during their flowering season, tons of purple pompom weeds are pulled out from their roots along the roadsides and parks.

The previous SA government had already recognised this alien plant invasion as a major environmental hazard. They launched an eradication programme of a great many alien plant species from 1983.Gardening centres and nurseries are also very actively encouraged to switch their sales stocks to indigenous plants, trees and flowers -- because they are responsible for 62% of all the alien plant invasions in South Africa. For rest of article, see:http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/265633

Entire South African Airways crew arrested in UK for drugs:
SAPoliceWithMarijuanaHaulJan192009LesothoFreestateDrugBustCTairportSgtThelejaneConst Xuba SAPoliceJournal The entire fifteen-member crew of a South African Airways flight were arrested at London's Heathrow Airport with 50kg of illegal marijuana in their possession. The state-run airline is South Africa's flag carrier and its largest airline company.

The mellow South African-grown marijuana -- known as dagga -- is a highly valued drug on the London drugs scene. Also found: 5kg of cocaine.The entire consignment found in the three suitcases had an estimated street value of about R4,5m. It was discovered on South African Airways flight SA 234 from Johannesburg on arrival at 08:00. Questioned were all fifteen members of the flight- and cabin crew. They were released on bail and will have to appear in court in the UK.

On the same day, the SA police also recorded two drug busts: the two cops pictured left, sergeant Thelejane, left and constable Xuba of Ravensmead police station - working at the domestic arrivals terminal of Cape Town Airport, also arrested a notorious Nigerian drug dealer who was carrying this nifty supply of mandrax and heroine on the plane with him from Johannesburg. Nigerian drug-smugglers – always from the same tribe – are responsible for more than 80% of all the South African drugs trade. They have set up shop in South Africa because of the country’s excellent tranportation systems, (harbours, airports) and its modern banking system, where they can whitewash their blood-money to their hearts’ content. And the Vosloorus police photographed on the right, also spotted a marijuana plantation in a local backyard. For rest of article, see:http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/265631