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Afrikaans teen saves mom, brother with quiet SMS to dad during armed robbery

 

“Dad, there are blacks with guns in our house…’’- SMS-warning by teen to dad at choir practice…

2009-08-27 PRETORIA -- Virginia Keppler reports in Beeld newspaper that 16-year-old Lunique Lottering’s quiet SMS and string of silent ‘urgent call me’ messages at 7:45pm to her dad -- who was at his choir practice in the Old Apostolic Church in Montana, Pretoria -- very likely saved the lives of her mother and brother. Unbeknown to the robber gang holding the family at gunpoint in another bedroom, Lunique had managed to hide in her own bathroom, after spotting three black armed robbers who had tied up her brother Tyran, 11, and her mom – police superintendent Cathy Lottering – after forcing the police-woman at gunpoint to open the registered gun-safe.

The teen girl remained calm while hiding quietly in her bathroom – first turning off her cellphone sounds before silently emailing her dad – who normally never responded to calls during choir practice.

However she then also sent him a constant stream of ‘urgently call me SMS’s after speaking in her warning message: “Dad there are blacks with guns in our house.’ Riaan Lottering, 44, noting his vibrating cellphone, decided to check the stream of messages just on a hunch  – and immediately phoned the police and their private security company ADT before rushing home with a fellow choir-member.

Enroute, he also managed to stop a passing police patrol and asked their help. Arriving at his home with the police patrol car in his wake, Lottering immediately noted an unknown luxury Audi parked in his driveway – from which a black man, armed with a 9mm pistol, emerged and immediately fired a shot at him – which penetrated his bakkie’s door and struck him in the right-leg just above his knee.

Police captain Jan Sepato said a ‘wild chase and gun-fight then erupted between the police and the four-member gang and more than 100 shots were exchanged. The robber gang’s Audi had its rear window shot out, and the police vehicle also was struck numerous times with 9mm pistol bullets and R5 (the South African military attack carbine) bullets.’

The gang then fled. They had robbed three cellphones, two pistols, a laptop computer and  a TV set. The family is convinced that the gang had also planned to kill the police-superintendent and her young son because they would have been able to identify the robbers  – but their plans were interrupted by the arrival of the father and the police.

Here’s the question: how did this robber gang know that the Lottering family had a centrally- registered gun-safe – required by law for all the legal owners of registered guns in South Africa?

http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/5e2ea0b4f89a4fd6a375576b0ed4bbe9/27-08-2009%2012-08/SMS_aan_pa_in_kerk_red_gesin_se_lewe

 

Man shot, injured near Centurion rugby club

2009-09-02 -  Virginia Keppler also reported that an unnamed employee of the Centurion Academy is in serious condition at the Unitas-Hospital in Pretoria, after he was shot in the upper-body during the Spring-Day celebrations at the Centurion rugby club.

Police sergeant Lynnette Erasmus said the victim and two colleagues were walking to the rugby-club at around 3:30 pm when a man in a 4W vehicle stopped next to them. “The victim walked to the vehicle as he recognised the man, whereupon the driver of the vehicle pulled out a firearm and fired a shot,’ she said. The victim shouted: “Mr Vorster has shot me’ in Afrikaans before falling down. His colleagues immediately rushed to help him and took him to Unitas-Hospital. The suspect was arrested about three hours later in nearby Irene on a charge of attempted murder.

More details are not known at this time. http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/42f125bb445c4696ac23da3ace196a2e/02-09-2009%2002-09/Man_tydens_lentedag-fees_geskiet

Pretoria man killed after 6 attacks within a year

 

2009-0830 Willie Andries Pretorius, 64, Bergtuin Pretoria – finally beaten to death after a series of armed attacks at his home

Virginia Keppler of Beeld newspaper reports that 64-year-old Wilie Andries Pretorius was murdered in his Bergtuin, Pretoria home before he had a chance to install an expensive alarm system. Pretorius, divorced, lived alone. The retired roofing-contractor was already attacked at least six times in his home starting in January, when he was tied to his bed during an armed robbery. The last four attacks occurred within the last six weeks before his murder on August 30.

Police and his family suspect that the former roofing-contractor was killed out of revenge – stabbed with knives, his head smashed with a rifle-butt and a filled whiskey-bottle, possibly by sacked former employees. Police are investigating and have arrested three suspects, they said.

His son-in-law Brett Jooste, 33, said there had been at least four break-ins and attacks at his home over the past six weeks alone --  prompting Pretorius to finally ask him for the security company ADT’s telephone number. He wanted to ask them to urgently install a security system. However it already was too late – he was cruelly murdered late on Friday-night.

Hate-attack by former employees:

“It was a hate-attack,’ said his son Arno, 33. “My father waged a fight with his attackers, because the walls, hallway and one of the bedrooms were spattered with blood’.  His daughter Izelle, 34 and her husband Brett had grown suspicious after they were unable to reach him and drove to his house in Bergtuin at 7pm – and noted that a window-pane had been ‘neatly removed’ . That very same pane had just been repaired after an earlier breakin, she said.

They called a friend at the police station – who kicked open the door and discovered Mr Pretorius’ body, hidden beneath a blanket. His hands had been tied up together with a tie in front of his throat.

Police found a bloodied switch-blade knife, kitchen knife and bloodied whiskey-bottle pieces scattered across the entire crime scene. “My father’s .303 rifle was found near his body with the butt broken, indicating that they probably also hit him over the head with it,’ said the son.

Very little of value was actually robbed to warrant so much violence: meat from the freezer, a TV and his father’s vehicle, a blue Daewoo-car with registration number MJK 586 GP.

The son says there is a strong suspicion that this was purely a revenge-murder rather than a ‘robbery-murder’ : his father this year had dismissed two former employers, one for stealing from him and the other, who had worked for him for 13 years, who had become deeply angered after his father had turned down the worker’s demand to pay for his child’s funeral.

Pretorius jr. said they were heart-broken and also very angry about his father’s vicious murder.  He’s also survived by another daughter, Mrs Tannya Symons, 46. Police spokeswoman Aveline Hardaker said three suspects were arrested. http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/8acafd674aa3419cae43f12a763670d2/25-08-2009%2001-08/Gesteek_en_geslaan_in_%E2%80%98haataanval%E2%80%99

Attacked white farmers awarded R95,000 State compensation for false arrests

 
2009-09-01 Cornelius Volschenk and son, attacked on 24 Dec 2001 on their farm, were falsely arrested for firing off two self-defence shots
September 1 2009 – PRETORIA HIGH COURT -- Cornelius  Gabriël Volschenk (51), businessman and farmer of the farm Morgenster (morning Star) near Ermelo, and his identically-named son were awarded claims of R94,963 each plus all their court costs, ordered to be paid by the Ministry of Safety and Security, regarding their false arrests and the life-threatening conditions they had been incarcerated in at the Breyten police holding cells.

Volschenk and his son -- also Cornelis Gabriël (now 26, but just turned 18 at the time of his arrest) --  lodged the claims after their false arrests in connection with a farm-attack on December 24 2001 at their farm and furniture-factory on their farm Morgenster near Ermelo.

Judge Lionel Sapire of the Pretoria High Court ordered the Minister to pay R94,693 in compensation to each of the two Volschenk farmers -- plus all their court costs.

According to the High court documents, the farm and its occupants, which also included Volschenk senior’s brother, were attacked by ‘a group of black people’ who had seriously injured Mr Volschenk senior and also posed a death-threat to his brother on Christmas eve 2001.

In response to this direct threat to their lives, and although injured himself, Volschenk senior had still managed to fire off his pistol in self-defence – only once, injuring one of the black attackers; while Volschenk junior had fired off a warning shot with his pistol which had injured no-one when he saw his uncle also was under threat from the armed group and had called out for him to come and help him.

These shots had chased off the black attackers, and the Volschenk men immediately alerted the police – and ‘had provided their full cooperation to the police investigation’, the court documents stated. “They had been assured by one assistant-commissioner Dube that the Afrikaner farmer and his young son would not be arrested for firing off the self-defence shots.”

However nearly three weeks later, on 11 January 2002, the police had suddenly arrived on the farm and unceremoniously arrested the father and his 18-year-old son, ‘under the orders of one Captain Fanie Molapo,’ according to the court documents.

The white men were taken to the police cells at the Breyten-police station, and dumped in two seperate, small holding cells where other arrested men, all blacks, were also being held. These cells had been ‘very small’ and the toilets were ‘nauseatingly smelly and filthy,’ Volschenk junior submitted in court documents.

Fellow-detainee ‘sharpened his knife on the cell floor’

Volschenk Senior also stated that one of the detainees in his cell ‘was constantly sharpening his knife in a threatening manner on the cell floor’ and that this had intimidated the farmer (who was still recovering from his injuries).

The fact that a fellow-detainee even had a knife indicated that the police had not taken proper care during the arrest to search the man before placing him in a holding cell.

The father became so terrified that he also greatly feared for the safety of his young son, at this time still an 18-year-old  youth, who was being held in a seperate cell. 

Volschenk junior ‘s testimony was that he was indeed had been terrified of his fellow arrestees” so shortly after the farm-attack by a large group of blacks  – and that he had become nauseated due to the filthy conditions under which they were all being held. http://www.beeld.com/Content/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/1928/d0a66a53e0254cac816a43d072b941c5/01-09-2009%2012-09/Pa,_seun_kry_elk_byna_R95_000

Political motive for farm attack -- Amnesty from Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

It is perhaps relevant to note in connection with this particular farm attack that it could have been politically-motivated, as one Cornelius Gabriel Volschenk –  who may have been mistakenly identified as this particular farmer since these are very common Afrikaner names – had received amnesty from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on 12 December 1996 together with two other members of a so-called “Boerekommando” – a group of Afrikaners who had been carrying out attacks against specific schools to stop them from forced integration by  black pupils. None of these Boerekommando ‘bombs’ ever injured anyone – testimony was that these small explosive devices had been deliberately placed and designed not to injure anyone, but merely to serve as a deterrant. Their various amnesty hearings were granted in chambers “as the bombings did not involve any gross human rights violations as defined by the Act governing the TRC”.  These three men had applied for amnesty “in respect of acts arising out of the detonation of explosives at Melkrivier School in the Nylstroom district on January 2, 1992, and the detonation of explosives at Perdekop School in the Volksrust district on December 22, 1991. No-one was injured in these attacks. They were facing a terrorism charge in terms of the Internal Security Act and were granted amnesty.” Their hearing was held behind closed doors, so no further details have ever been revealed publicly about these attacks.

High Court judge Motata guilty of drunk-driving

 

Judge who became infamous for his anti-white hate-speech aired in the court room, is found guilty of drunk driving

MotataJudgeNkolaConvictedOfDrunkDrivingSept22009 September 2 2009 – SAPA reports that Pretoria High Court judge Nkola Motata, 62, was found guilty of drunk driving by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

SAPA reports that after a two-year-long trial, magistrate Desmond Nair found that the five audio recordings and numerous photographs taken of  the Pretoria High Court judge after he ‘d crashed his Jaguar into a Hurlingham wall ‘showed that he was driving under the influence’ of alcohol.

“Audio-recordings worth more than 10,000 words…”

"If a picture tells a thousand words, then audio recordings of this kind tell 10 000 more," the magistrate said in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court during his summary.

"The decision to prosecute judge Motata has been vindicated," said state prosecutor Zaais van Zyl after magistrate Desmond Nair found Motata guilty of drunken driving -- following a racist incident when the judge crashed into the perimeter wall of a Hurlingham property on January 6, 2007 and started cursing the white owner with very racist language.

Nair acquitted Motata of a lesser, second charge of 'obstructing or defeating the ends of justice or alternatively resisting arrest', however.

Judge was difficult and quarrelsome because he was drunk:

Magistrate Desmond Nair said he could however not find any “criminal intent” on Motata's part to obstruct justice but rather that the judge was just "difficult and quarrelsome because he was drunk".

Asked about the acquittal on these latter, minor charges Van Zyl said: " This case was all along about drunken driving". Motata judge Nkola _ FucktheBoerJudge found guilty of drunk driving Sept 1 2009Motata's defence counsel Bantubonke Tokoto commented that they would decide later on whether to appeal. Motata himself, asked for comment by journalists, said he was well but "you'll never hear anything from me".

The picture left, submitted as court evidence together with other pictures and five audio-recordings, was taken during Motata's Boer-hating rants on January 6, 2007 -- the day he'd crashed his luxury Jaguar against a wall of a Hurlingham property – and testimony from numerous witnesses, including police officers, was that he had been far too drunk to even walk away from the car.

National Prosecuting Authority acting spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said the NPA also was pleased with the judgment.
"Justice was not only done but manifestly seen to be done," he said. Sentencing will take place on September 9.

We first reported about  the cursing judge Nkola John Motata on July 2 2008, when he ‘d appeared in court to listen to three of five audio-recordings made at the scene of his car accident. That day, judge Motata 's recorded 'f*ck the Boer' curses filled the air of the Johannesburg court-room ... shocking everyone within hearing distance. http://www.themercury.co.za/?fSectionId=&fArticleId=nw20080702114432512C475215

“No Boer is going to undermine me, f..k him…’

The audio recordings which were played in the courtroom were made by the owner of the property, Richard Baird, who made them on his cellphone during the hours of altercations which followed between Motata and Baird's tenant after the crash. "We'll repair the damage, it's not a problem," the judge was heard telling businessman Richard Baird's tenant. “However, he [Baird] must not degrade me. No Boer is going to undermine me, f*** him. He mustn't insult me, f*** him, I don't care," Motata said in the recording Baird made on an I-Mate cellphone.

The judge had tried his very best to stop these recordings from being played at his trial at all --  but the Pretoria High Court had dismissed his earlier application to block them.

Baird had made the recordings on his cellphone and then downloaded these clips onto his computer. Some of the recordings were in seTswana and seSotho and Magistrate Desmond Nair had to call in interpreters to translate.

Motata’s defence counsel denied throughout that he had been drunk - and claimed that the state could not prove that he had been -- because there had been a two-hour delay in taking him for blood-tests because of his stubborn refusal to be tested and even removed from his crashed car by police. The court also heard testimony from several police officers that “orders had also been issued 'from up high' to the local police not to arrest the belligerent, drunken motorist..

'THIS WAS THE WHITE MAN'S LAND, BUT IT ISN'T ANY MORE...' said judge Nkola Motata

Baird testified that Motata was ‘ clinging to his crashed Jaguar for support and could not stand by himself'.
Motata was heard to reply in his home-language, Sotho to Baird's suggestion that he was drunk, by saying to Baird's tenant that 'I will pay him for the damage, but he musn't undermine me. A Boer is not going to humiliate me. F*ck him, I don't care any longer. This was the white man's land, but it isn't any more.'  Motata repeats these kind of racist comments to Baird frequently, according to the audio-recordings played in court.

At one stage, the white businessman was heard to reply: "That doesn't matter any more. I have black tenants and black neighbours. ' Then two black female metropolitan police officers showed up to try and calm the judge down and tried to convince him to go for a blood-test. He tells the women: "Why are you standing behind the whites?'
http://www.themercury.co.za/?fSectionId=&fArticleId=nw20080702114432512C475215

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Northern Cape judge-president Frans Kgomo showed racist anti-Afrikaner bias in murder-case ruling:

Kgomo judge Frans found racist by Supreme Court of Appeals Sept192008 Bloemfontein Such hatespeech by top officials can often be heard in South Africa these days. For instance, the Northern Cape's  judge-president Frans Kgomo, left -- tipped for a post at SA's highest court – had ‘even allowed his racist bias against Afrikaners to cloud his judicial judgment in an important murder trial...'

This was the unanimous ruling last year by the Supreme Court of Appeals, which also quashed Kgomo's ruling of a murder-conviction and jail-sentence of a local Afrikaner, Joseph le Grange of Prieska.

Kgomo was formally rebuked by a full bench of the land’s highest court for his biased handling of the Afrikaner's racially charged murder trial in Prieska, inthe Northern Cape.

In fact, the Supreme Court of Appeal bench's judges were so disturbed by Northern Cape Judge-President Kgomo's displayed ' hostility and prejudice" towards the accused Afrikaner, whom he had found guilty of stabbing to death 13-year-old Biron Phetlo, that his guilty verdict was quashed and his 24-year prison sentence repealed.

Kgomo comes from Brits, north of Pretoria. He first worked as an interpreter and clerk in the former homeland of Bophuthatswana and was steadily advanced by the apartheid-era's justice system, eventually working his way up as a magistrate.

This decision by the Supreme Court of Appeals finding Kgomo racialy-biased, has widespread legal repercussions: Other decisions on his watch in the Northern Cape division would, in light of this shock-judgment, also have to undergo high-level judicial reviews whenever Kgomo had resided: See some cases:
http://www.saflii.org/za/cases/ZANCHC/2008/ Also: http://www.mg.co.za/article/2008-10-27-concourt-post-still-not-filled

Forced three northern-Cape schools to anglicise:
Kgomo had already shown his anti-Afrikaner bias in a previous ruling in Aug 2004 ordering three Afrikaans-medium schools to anglicise -- in one of the most Afrikaans-speaking regions in the country, where less than 3% of the population actually uses English as a primary language…

  • The Kalahari High School and Seodin Primary School in Kuruman and the Noord-Kaapland Agricultural High School in Jan Kempdorp had challenged the provincial education department 's decision to force a small number of English-speaking pupils into their school, which effectively has now turned these schools into dual-medium educational facilities - and they lost their case thanks to the judge's decision.

The school's governing bodies had argued that it was their constitutional right to teach in the language of their choice - which indeed it is. They also argued that not enough resources - teachers, money and classrooms - to execute dual medium education successfully in this overwhelmingly Afrikaans-speaking, low-income region could be provided and that all the pupils' educational standards would suffer as a result of the high costs which would be involved.

He was preconceived, biased...
Five of the Supreme Court of appeal court's judges, led by Judge Nathan Ponnan, ruled unanimously that Judge Kgomo's approach to the Afrikaner defendant Joseph le Grange's murder trial was "certainly suggestive of one who has certain preconceived biases and allows those biases to affect his judgment".

Judge Kgomo, who had been put forward by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) as a possible Constitutional Court justice post and at this time, was serving as an acting Supreme Court of Appeal judge, had in their view, breached the most primary "canons of good judicial behaviour" and “virtually taken over as a prosecutor in the case’,  they said.

  • The judges ruled that the state 'could reinstate charges against Le Grange, his son Pieter and his son's friend Hendrik van der Westhuizen', who were convicted as accessories after the fact to the murder, as long as Judge Kgomo did "not take part in such proceedings".
  • It was the state's case that Le Grange had fatally stabbed Phetlo, a golf caddie, after he, his son and Van der Westhuizen had spotted the 13-year-old and his friend attempting to steal items from a sports shop.
  • According to Phetlo's 14-year-old friend Curtis Maritz's testimony, Pieter le Grange accused the boys of having previously stolen from a local greengrocer.
  • Curtis said Phetlo tried to flee but was prevented from doing so by Joseph le Grange, who pinned the boy back with his "sword cane". Joseph le Grange then allegedly unsheathed the blade of his sword cane and stabbed Phetlo three times. Curtis claimed he had tried to get away to alert the police, but was prevented by Van der Westhuizen. He said the boys' three attackers then ran away.

Joseph le Grange has always denied stabbing the boy, although he and the other two men did confront him over his stealing. His testimony was supported by two other witnesses: his son and Van der Westhuizen.

The appeal court bench found that Judge Kgomo appeared "at an early stage to have made up his mind that the state witnesses were telling the truth and (the Afrikaners, Joseph le Grange and his co-accused) were lying".

  • He asked leading questions from the Bench to descredit the Afrikaners:
    The appeal court noted that transcripts of the judge's cross-examination of the accused men was "replete with questions that were intended to discredit (the Afrikaner accused), compounded in many instances by disbelief and scepticism".

The appeal court also criticised Judge Kgomo for his 'furious reaction' to the defence's suggestion that his little friend Maritz might have been responsible for Phetlo's death."On record there is absolutely no grain of evidence to remotely justify this suggestion," Judge Kgomo said. "All the accused have repeated this preposterous accusation in the reports to the social workers, the Correctional Services officer and the clinical psychologist.

  • "They did this despite my finding - showing why the accusation was absurd. I take a dim view of the fact that Curtis Maritz was accused by the accused of being the murderer. Counsel should not in good conscience have argued this point. I have no doubt that it is defamatory of Curtis Maritz and an aggravating factor against the accused," he had fumed from the bench. According to the appeal court the judge's comments in this regard were 'not suggestive of an open judicial mind".

Race row at bench:

This had not been Judge Kgomo's first brush with racism and controversy. In 2006 he also ignited an acrimonious race row when he lodged an unsuccesful complaint with the JSC, demanding that judges Steven Majiedt and Hennie Lacock be axed for misconduct after they allegedly insulted him.

  • Kgomo will also be remembered for his judgements in two landmark cases dealing with same-sex equality.
    The first case was Judge Kathy Satchwell who fought for the right of her same-sex partner to benefit from her pension payout. He disallowed this ruling as being 'unconstitutional' and his judgment was confirmed by the Constitutional Court.
  • The second case was of the famous SA sculptress and judge Anna-Marie de Vos, who successfully sought an order declaring that lesbian couples might adopt children. The couple won the case - apparently the first lesbian couple in the world to do so. http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20080919055151520C410007

Anti-white racist blather on South African websites:

For instance, on http://www.africans.co.za: it says : 

“It has been a long while since I wrote about everything that is so sickeningly wrong with white people (part 1, part 2, and part 3), but I fear that just like an inflamed pimple ready to let out the pus, those crazy whites are rearing their pale nonsense filled heads again. As a patriot I have long resigned myself to listening to whites moan about the state of this country since real Africans took over. While they usually phrase their vicious lies with erudition, it doesn't take a genius to see through their self serving babble - every concern they ever raise, be it about corruption, crime, the environment, women's rights, road safety, AIDS treatments, Jacob Zuma, Thabo Mbeki, Zimbabwe, to name but a few, are only rooted in their wish to screw real South Africans out of money and dignity…”

"They (whites) all lust after money, and they are all as pale and hideous to the eye as swollen maggot feasting on the eye of an African child indirectly starved to death as a result of European colonisation..."

Euro-pirates...
And more: "With our current financial fluctuations and high unemployment, it seems to me that all those jobs occupied by complaining euro-pirates and foreigners should be given to real South Africans.
"These bastard grub people keep moaning about the SA government, the lack of SA standards under black rule, and the crime! If they are so concerned, then I would like to suggest that we send the whole bellyaching lot of them back to wherever they came from.

Threat of genocide:
More quotes: " I'm sure our well equipped armed forces could assist in nudging them off on their voyage back to Europe, and it would also create jobs, as we would need true South Africans to redecorate their hideous homes and make them fit for natives of this land."... and more of the same vile language.

Advocates aborting white babies:  'easier to kill'
The site also features an 'advertisement' with pictures of white babies -- advocating their abortion as 'they're easier to kill before they are born'... It also echoes the racist comments by ANC-parliamentarians that 'whites who whinge about crime, should just leave the country.'

They write: "with our current financial fluctuations and high unemployment, it seems to me that all those jobs occupied by complaining euro-pirates and foreigners should be given to real South Africans.

  • "These bastard grub people keep moaning about the SA government, the lack of SA standards under black rule, and the crime! If they are so concerned, then I would like to suggest that we send the whole bellyaching lot of them back to wherever they came from... " There's much more hate-speech, but it's to nauseating to reproduce here. http://www.africans.co.za/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1292

http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2008/09/black-sa-judge-ruled-biased-by-sa-court.html

Woman Farmer of Year 2008 kicked off delapidated Free State farm

 

Kgobe, Kero Woman Farmer of Year 2008 posing proudly in front of leased Boer homestead Kero Kgobe ran a rowdy boozer, bought a BMW and leather furniture with her ‘kickstart government cash’, and hunted protected gemsbuck on the State farm she had been given for free…

 

2009-09-02 – Bloemfontein.  Karen Ebersohn of the Volksblad daily reports that South Africa’s Woman Farmer of the Year 2008, Mrs Kero (Karoline) Kgobe, 46,  was kicked off the once so productive, confiscated farm Vergesocht outside Bloemfontein.

In 2007, this productive farm was confiscated by the State, although it had been owned for generations by one Afrikaner family. Under their farm-‘reform’ programme, the ANC-regime handed over to Mrs Kgobe for free together with a cash bonus of R30,000 -- to kickstart her ‘farming abilities’ under a six-month lease contract. The Afrikaner farmers’ livestock, the homestead and stables were handed over to her as well.

ANC-propaganda at land-handovers

More than 200 Free State farms have already been confiscated by the State by the year 2008 – more than 49,000 hectares of fertile farm-land in this one province alone were handed over to black lease-holders like Mrs Kgobe under the ANC regime’s  so-called “land-reform programme’. Such handovers are always depicted with exuberance by South African reporters. Pictures of people toyi-toying (dancing joyfully) after receiving so-called “title deeds to their ancestral land”(which actually only are lease-holds, not ownership-certificates)  are laced with gratuitous individual stories of people returning to “the land of their birth”.

However, South Afric’s agricultural production has suffered greatly from this ‘land-reform’, with  the vast majority of these confiscated farms now are lying idle all across the country - and often turned into dismal squatter-camps, no  excess food production arrives for the markets from these farms.

  • This ‘land-reform’ programma also has forced South Africa into becoming a major food-importer for the first time in its entire 350-year-long agricultural history. These unproductive farms also cause soaring food-prices and growing famine among many millions of township dwellers, forcing the government into feeding programmes for at least 6-million pupils by 2008. In fact, less than one percent of the entire South African land-surface now is used for excess crop-production – down from six percent in 1994…. For more details on the ANC regime’s  land ‘reform’ failures, view: http://greatsalandscandal.blogspot.com/

Ebersohn writes that it only took six months to turn this once so productive Afrikaner farm into a delapidated wreck under Mrs Kgobe’s mismanagement.

The journalist describes the scene: writing that during the eviction by the sheriff two days ago, only a handful of severely emaciated livestock remained, with the delapidated Afrikaner homestead the only reminders of its once so productive status. Kgobe had been given all the livestock, the sturdy stables and a historic Afrikaner homestead – and ran it to seed within just months.

She got another R30,000 in cash and another farm…

This month, the government ‘s land-affairs department had to obtain a High Court order to evict her – and after she complained that she had ‘no alternative accommodation,’ the government handed her yet another R30,000 in cash and another confiscated farm, Portion 11 of Westminster farm near Tweespruit, where she can ‘start all over again’. She was given a lease contract to farm from  March 2008. It’s not known why she was elected Woman Farmer of the Year 2008 – when she’d only been on the farm for a month.

Under the land-confiscation programme, the ANC-regime retains state-ownership of all these agricultural holdings – even though government officials often make a point of telling the black tenants that they now ‘own’ the land which was taken away from ‘the whites’.

Expensive leather furniture, BMW X3 car:

Ebersohn described how  the woman’s expensive leather furniture, large-screen plasma TV, designer clothes, computers and leather chairs were being loaded into moving vans. Her luxury BMW X3 family car was also still in the garage:  “A handful of emaciated cattle, sheep and pigs is all to remain from the once so successful farm stock, the homestead is delapidated and half-a-dozen of very skinny dogs made a quick meal of a loaf of bread inside a plastic bag which had fallen from the kitchen-ware while it being carried out,’ she wrote.

Mrs Kgobe was furious during the eviction, telling the journalist that she ‘never asked for this farm in the first place,’ and couldn’t understand why the government was now taking it away from her again.

Government spokesman Gani Ramagaga who does something important at the Free State rural development and land-affairs department said Kgobe ‘s contract expired by 25 July and she should have vacated the farm by then – but they had to obtain a High Court order to get the sheriff to move her goods off the premises.  He also denied that she didn’t have another to live as she’d claimed: on the contrary, they had given her alternative accommodations plus another R30,000 to start yet another farming enterprise at Portion 11 of Westminster farm near Tweespruit, he said.

Ramagaga said there were very sound reasons why she was evicted from the State-owned farm. In April this year, she was found guilty by the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court of shooting down two protected Gemsbuck, fined R7,000 or 12-months in prison.  It’s not known if she paid the fine or served the sentence. Ramagaga said she also sold booze from the homestead, where she ran a shebeen for the area’s farmworkers. There were numerous other complaints about her mismanagement of this once so proud and productive farm: she ‘d had constant fights with her neighbours, and caused much discord among the farm workers due to her shebeen, and which even led to the murder of one farm worker’s wife, according to the police records.

Ramagaga said she also was constantly demanding that the department give her the property-ownership deed to a portion of the farm instead of a renewable lease contract -- however instead they decided not to renew her lease, he said.

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