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Hartbeespoort residents furious about attack against its oldest business family

 

Long-time Broederstroom resident Mrs Farieda Jalalpor was shot in the back in a carefully-planned ambush, yet only a basket of fruit was stolen…

Monday 12 October 2009 - By Cynthia Dreyer, co-editor of the country’s only online newspaper Madibeng Pulse

Pretorius Johan wrote furious letter to Police Minister about attack against longtime Jalapor family Hartbeespoort Broederstroom Oct122009 The shooting on Thursday night of Mrs Farieda Jalalpor of Broederstroom has left all the communities around Hartbeespoort dam numb with disbelief, writes Cynthia Dreyer, co-editor of the Madibeng Pulse – the country’s only online, no-holds-barred newspaper. Farieda, whe wife of the area’s oldest trading family dating from 1906, has miraculously survived the two head-shots during a carefully-planned ambush of the property by six gunmen. And nothing was stolen – except that the gunmen walked off with Mrs Jalalpor’s basket of fruit she’d been carrying. She required three hours of surgery and now is in critical condition in the intensive care unit of the Eugene Marais Hospital in Pretoria. The Hartbeespoort community have organised a prayer-meeting for her recovery.

Dreyer – a journalist with extensive knowledge of the area’s rich history -- writes that the Jalalpor family ‘s origin in this region date from 1906 and that they have very old family ties to the Pretorius family, who together with the Schoemans were the first Voortrekkers there.  Johan Pretorius, pictured above, is a scion of the first Boer voortrekker family to settle in the region - and today fired off an angry letter to the Police Minister about the near-total lack of security for Hartbeespoort residents. He’d already written to the Police Minister before about the same issue. http://www.madibengpulse.co.za/?Task=system&CategoryID=29410&HeadingText=Outbox+121009+johan+pretorius

  • Jalalpor family origins date from 1906 in Hartbeespoort.
  • Jalapor Ismail greatgrandfather founded Broederstroom Family business in 1906.... One passes the signpost to Jalalpors’ general dealer and hardwareJalapor Achmed fourth-generation shopowner Broederstroom Hartbeespoort dam store just before the red dirt road, (which was the main ox wagon artery between Pretoria and Rustenburg at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries) before it bends left toward the tarred road through Broederstroom. Started in 1906, it is a remnant of the type of country store of yesteryear which many older people grew up with and love.
  • Started by Ismail, the great grandfather of the Jalalpor family, the business has been in the family since 1906 and it is part of the history of Broederstroom area.  Present owner, Ahmed Jalalpor, right,  is the fourth generation of the family to carry on the tradition of service to the community in the one stop store where you can buy anything from a loaf of bread to a bag of nails. Ahmed wanted to be an electrical contractor but he could not be apprenticed under the laws of the day, so he joined the family business.

    Jalapor store was the very first business in Hartbeespoort besides Boer general Pretorius' chicken farm in 1906... Ahmed’s great grandfather Ismail and fellow hawkers used to walk from Nylstroom to Pretoria where they bought goods, bundled them up and carried them on their backs along the ox-wagon road to sell in Rustenburg. “They sold anything!” he said. A day’s walk from Pretoria took them as far as Broederstroom where they would hten made an overnight stop on the farm of Pretorius, a bachelor and relative of General Pretorius who fought in the Anglo Boer War. Farmer Pretorius then suggested that the family into a property on the farm and to start a store for the farmers and gold-miners in the area. Pretorius delivered their chickens. It became the very first business in the Hartbeespoort region. It’s still standing today. The Jalapor family obtained the legal title-deed on the property in 1947. However they only were able to register its freehold registration 102 years after their forebears started the store…

    There Was A Gold Mine
    Not many people know that there was a gold mine on the farm in those days. Remnants of the shafts are still on the grounds of the Crab and Otter building. The traders bought chickens from Pretorius to slaughter for their supper. In time they came to know the farmer well and they became firm friends with him. In 1947, the Jalalpors became legal owners of the property from which they traded, buying it for £650 on leasehold -- and the house is still at the back of the store. A door separates store from house and, typical of the work ethic of Ahmed’s people, there is hardly a distinction between working, relaxing and family life.

    When the bachelor Pretorius died he left his estate to his sister’s daughter.  Over time prejudice changed the attitude of some family towards the Jalalpors, but the legal leasehold title on the property provided protection from any forced removal under the apartheid-era Group Areas Act. It was only a year or two ago that Ahmed got freehold registration of the property which had already been in the family for 102 years...

    Dreyer writes that present owner Ahmed was born there and the family are still trading there. He now has plans to build a complex lower down to house the hardware, general dealer’s and fishing tackle business. The fourth generation of Jalalpors consists of three brothers and a sister. Ahmed’s older brother is blind – but this did not deter him from memorising all of the Koran.The elder brother is a teacher and there is a sister in Tongaat.

Cowardly, well-planned ambush by six gunmen:

Yesterday,  according to Captain Aasje Bothma of North West Police Communications, 58-year-old Mrs Jalalpor and her husband Ahmed were returning to their home between 19:30 and 22:30 on Thursday night. They have a security guard at the home, but according to him, he was tackled by six unknown suspects who had weapons and his uniform was taken off him.

  • One of the suspects then dressed up in the uniform and the group lay in wait for the Jalalpors to return home. The criminal wearing the security guard’s uniform then opened the gate for the Jalalpors and once the couple were safely inside, his cohorts attacked them.

Shot from behind – criminals only robbed victim’s basket of fruit… 
In the ensuing moments, Mrs Jalalpor was shot from behind the ear and the bullet exited through her cheek. All she was carrying was a basket of fruit which the criminals took before fleeing. No other goods were taken as so far ascertained.  Mrs Jalalpor was operated  late on Friday night at the Eugene Marais Hospital in Pretoria and a prayer meeting was planned by the community to take place for her recovery. According to her husband Mr Ahmed Jalalpor, his wife is still in the Intensive Care Unit and is being heavily sedated. The  surgery took three and a half hours. He is staying with a niece in Pretoria at present to be close to the hospital.

Writes Mrs Dreyer: “The realisation that no-one is immune to the rampant crime wave in this country is all the more pointed when one of the oldest families, who’ve only ever done good for the community, is attacked in this brutal fashion.

Voortrekker family descendant fires angry missive to Police Minister about lack of security:

Pretorius Johan wrote furious letter to Police Minister about attack against longtime Jalapor family Hartbeespoort Broederstroom Oct122009 Picture: Mr Johan Pretorius, a descendant of the Pretorius Voortrekker family and who grew up with Mr Ahmed Jalalpor, had previously also written to the Minister of Police about his concern for the inadequacy of crime prevention capacity in Hartbeespoort. And right after yesterday’s attack, he fired off another angry missive to the Minister, saying he was ‘partially responsible’ for the attack because they were ignoring all pleas to boost security in the rural region.

Mr Pretorius who has lived in Broederstroom for 64 years until he moved to Pretoria recently due to concerns for his family’s safety. On Friday, he wrote another letter to the Minister  saying that he partially ‘holds the Minister responsible for the attack on the Jalalpors because he had not responded to a desperate situation – not even to the extent of acknowledging Mr Pretorius’ emails.”

To read Mr Pretorius’ letter in Afrikaans, click here.

Also: Has the police lost control over the crime gangs? http://www.madibengpulse.co.za/?Task=system&CategoryID=29451&HeadingText=CrimeAlert+121009+leeuwenkloof#l

There is no militant threat from Afrikaners

2010 terror plot: 'SA not ready'

By Adriana Stuijt, retired SA journalist. Anyone can email me about this article in The Netherlands at a.j.stuijt@knid.nl or to arrange a telephone interview. 

DOKKUM, The Netherlands. October 13 2009. The South African ruling party and its intelligence community are so focused on their totally unfounded fears of a perceived ‘white rightwing violence threat’ -- that they have been ignoring the real threat -- islamic militancy. This was said by Hussein Solomon, head of the International Institute of Islamic Studies in SA yesterday: http://www.themercury.co.za/?fSectio...4847309C896372

  • Yet on Tuesday – and for the second time in less than a month -- the US embassy in Pretoria has been evacuated again due to the security threats posed by islamic militants.  Clearly the country’s intelligence-community has been focusing on the wrong ‘enemy’… Full Story ...

Mr Solomon is in my view, absolutely correct in his assessment: it also is my personal opinion, after many years of reporting on and writing about the increasingly besieged ’white’ minority in southern Africa, that there is no threat of any organised violence from the Afrikaner community to the hegemony of the State --rightwing or otherwise:  the Afrikaner has been plunged into such a fierce battle for economic and personal survival that they have neither the political will nor the economic means to mount any kind of militant attack, also because this would be physically impossible: this white minority obviously cannot ‘hide amongst the population’ as guerillas would normally be able to do:

800,000 internally-displaced, homeless, hungry Afrikaners are no threat to the State:

WandragmurderGrobler Nicole, son Marcel  death partner Oct112009DoornpoortPta shot dead fighting for their lives against robbesPretoriaBeeldPicture: Young Afrikaners like 16-year-old Marcel Grobler and his mom Nicole, whose only wage-earner Gert Wandrag was shot dead execution-style at their subsistence-smallholding in Doornpoort, Pretoria on October 11, 2009, are being targetted by these armed black militias precisely because Afrikaners stand out like sore thumbs – they are a tiny white minority in an ocean of black South Africans. They are vulnerable, unarmed, defenceless and politically-emasculated --  and they know it..

Some aging, apartheid-era Afrikaner rightwingers with a grand flair for Shakespearean drama still do a lot of public sabre-rattling and waving about with neo-Nazi-style flags at the moment -- but it’s all bluster, mainly based on their own fears, arising from these truly dreadful, daily attacks from large, armed and well-organised black youth militias -- whose goals seem to be to terrorise, through their use of rape, excessive cruelty, hate-speech and by murdering all Afrikaner land-owners and wage-earners -- and to steal all their legal weapons.

There is no “secret Boeremag arms cache”- a claim frequently made --  there are no secret ‘Boeremag’ guerillas ready to mount any counter-attacks: Afrikaner families now only have time to fight their own individual battles for daily survival inside their own homes. Even the homeless and totally impoverished Afrikaners are being attacked: with tens of thousands of them being threatened with forced removals by the State from Booysens to Krugersdorp... even their poor shanty towns and hidden caravan-settlements aren’t safe from the State’s vengeance.

  • The only ‘’ Boeremag‘ now officially in existence is a group called Boere Vryheid, which is a totally non-violent and very little group, despite its militant–sounding name: and this tiny group of people is only clamouring to be given some form of semi-autonomy over a small territority where Afrikaners and Boers would still be allowed to defend themselves from these constant attacks by armed black militant youths. There’s also are some rather odd little Facebook groups which seem to have no goal at all except to argue about the various forms of Christianity.

AfrikanersPoorWhiteKrugersdorpParkNov2008 Meanwhile, more than 800,000 of the country’s 3-million Afrikaners now are internally-displaced refugees: homeless, desperately hungry families without any rights whatsoever: they have no rights to access the job market, being whites; they are homeless because they have no rights to land-ownership; and they are now on the run with no place to hide and no rights to any state-support, not even food handouts because they are whites. From this severely weakened community – daily hunger does that to people -- no threat is being posed to the State: there are no ‘Boer commandos’, there is no structural organisation which would be able to organise any kind of guerilla-warfare against the ANC-run state’s structures. There are only a great many very frightened, increasingly poor and homeless people, trying to survive this onslaught agains them. And some of them may indeed speak bitter words in deep anger and frustration – but it’s all based on pure helplessness.

The non-existent Boeremag threat:

And I’ve been saying this for years to anyone who would care to listen – ever since those ridiculous and heartless arrests during the Mbeki-regime of a group of deeply religious Afrikaner family men, trapped by a man with a criminal record who had turned government agent.

  • Three Afrikaners sue police over torture during false 'Boeremag' arrests
  • Now after wasting away for more than six years in isolation C-Max prison cells awaiting their trial while already being treated as if they are convicted criminals – one innocent man has already died from the filthy conditions in his cell – and even though the State has yet to prove these charges, these Afrikaner family men are still languishing there. And even now, there still are attempts by the State to torture or pressurise ‘confessions’ out of them or from their families outside:  Three Afrikaners sue police over torture during false 'Boeremag' arrests
  • These men were fingered as being ‘members of the the Boeremag’ by this state agent who he claimed were planning to attack ‘state structures’. Some strangely confusing events were attributed to this sonamed Boeremag by this state agent in his testimony and featured in dramatic headlines about ‘bombings’ targetting: (1) a shack roof blown off in Soweto which alas had killed a hapless young woman in her sleep several hundred metres away; (2) An ‘attack’ against a Mosque and a Buddhist temple, but little was damaged and no-one injured. None of these buildings were State-targets however. This group of men arrested for these so-called ‘terrorist bombings’ is still being widely referred to as the Boeremag – yet there never was such a violence-driven guerilla group at all – and there still isn’t: instead, one hears a lot of helpless talk and bluster amongst these defenceless, politically leaderless Afrikaners and Boers, but they pose no organised threat: their legal weapons have for the most part been taken away from them,  either by the State or by the black militant groups which atttack them in such large numbers. These Afrikaners, or as South African blacks generally refer to all whites, the ‘Boers’,  form no organised threat against the state, or even against their immediate neighbours.

EmpoverishedAfrikanerHelenaPieterseLosesShackInPretoriaStormBeeldLeonBothaOct12009 Picture right: Afrikaners and Boers like the homeless hapless Mrs Helene Pieterse who lost her shanty during a storm, now are far too busy just trying to stay afloat and survive with their families,  adrift in an ocean of armed enemies and becoming increasingly homeless because they are being denied every basic right to survive by the SA State – to still look for more trouble by mounting ‘guerilla warfare’. 

“I’ve been warning them but they won’t listen”:

Mr Solomon, who is an expert on Islamic militancy, warned in the article in The Mercury that the South African intelligence services are "woefully, inadequately prepared" for the potential threat of terrorism during the World Cup next year: telling the newspaper how he ‘had been trying to warn authorities for some time about the threat of islamic terrorist action during the World Cup.”

He said international policing agency Interpol had already warned of such a threat but “the South African intelligence services did not seem to be listening.

  • "Our intelligence services are extremely politicised," Solomon was quoted as saying,  adding that the intelligence services “would rather spy on investigative journalists to discover their sources than spy on potential terrorists”.

"When I interact with our counter-intelligence people, they are more concerned about the Boeremag than al-Qaeda... But they are acting from an ideological perspective which is fundamentally out of sync with reality."

In fact, said Solomon, head of the International Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Pretoria,  islamic militants had already established cells in South Africa and even the international policing agency Interpol had been warning South Africa about this.

El Qaeda cells plan attacks against US interests in South Africa:

He was commenting in The Mercury newspaper on earlier reports that Somali terrorists linked to al-Qaeda have been planning to attack US interests inside South Africa. The Weekend Argus reported that the US government had closed its embassy in Pretoria and all other US government facilities for two days last month because intelligence agencies had intercepted a call from the township of Khayelitsha south of Cape Town to the al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab extremist group in Somalia, discussing a plot to blow up American interests.

  • This was apparently to be in retaliation for the US military’s killing of an Al-Shabaab commander in southern Somalia. The US suspected the commander of having played a role in the fatal bombing of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar el Salaam in 1998.

Police commissioner Cele ‘s public posturing forced the Somali cells underground:

The sources added that the efforts by local intelligence agencies to trace the Cape Town Somalis was disrupted when police commissioner Bheki Cele went on national television to say that the country's intelligence structures were “on top of the situation.” This prompted the Somalis to go further underground.

Interpol also warned of islamic militancy during WC2010

Solomon told The Mercury that he ‘had been trying to warn authorities for some time about the threat of terrorist action during the World Cup.” He said international policing agency Interpol had already warned of such a threat but “the South African intelligence services did not seem to be listening.

  • "Our intelligence services are extremely politicised," Solomon said, adding that the intelligence services “would rather spy on investigative journalists to discover their sources than spy on potential terrorists”.

"When I interact with our counter-intelligence people, they are more concerned about the Boeremag than al-Qaeda... But they are acting from an ideological perspective which is fundamentally out of sync with reality."

  • Solomon pointed to several instances where he said the local intelligence and security leadership had ignored potential terrorist threats for ideological reasons.

He said the Pakistan government was convinced that two South Africans arrested in Pakistan after a gunfight
between security forces and al-Qaeda elements a few years ago were linked to al-Qaeda.

  • But these two men had simply been released on their return to South Africa.
  • This also happened to two South Africans arrested in Uganda more recently.

"Everyone outside this country seems to know who is threatening South Africa. We must not think we are protected because we are far away. Often these things have nothing to do with South Africa. They are just an opportunity to attack America."

Other sources said that Somali terrorists devised the strategy to take on the US in South Africa because it was easier than fighting the superpower in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia.

  • NIA spokeswoman Lorna Daniels refused to comment on the weekend reports. However, a source quoted in the Weekend Argus said: "What has been established is that the Cape guys are linked to al-Qaeda cells in Somalia, who are connected to the group in Afghanistan. We have established that most al-Qaeda operatives are relocating from Afghanistan to Pakistan, attracted by increased lawlessness in Pakistan.
  • "Our information is that there is a trail that links Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and, most interestingly, Mozambique where Somalis have formed an anti-US cell already.

Large move by Somali terrorist cells from Mozambique to SA:

“The interception revealed that these people plan to move en masse from Mozambique to here (SA) in 2010 to attack American interests. Their point is that SA is not a target, but if South Africans are caught in the crossfire, then that would be unfortunate. Part of the intercepted conversations are on how America was stronger elsewhere but could be vulnerable here in South Africa."

This in spite of the US boosting security at its new premises in Sandton and Pretoria. US embassy spokeswoman Sharon Hudson-Dean refused to comment on the threat, saying: "We do not comment on intelligence matters."

An NIA official said yesterday: "This is classified information. If you publish it, this will jeopardise an operation already under way."

  • However, the source said Cele had already said publicly that intelligence officers were on the track of the extremists. "I do not mean to be alarmist, but the US was right to take these people seriously because, we now know that they have links with shady characters who have access to old military hardware in Eastern Europe," said the source.

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Boeremag trial: 'State prosecution has finally closed its case - now it's the defence's turn... June 18 2007 - Trial-awaiting Herman Scheepers died from prison-incurred infection after suffering four years of hell in filthy cells  - Pretoria - Monday June 18 2007 -- After more than four years, the State has finally closed its case in the Boeremag trial.  However the incredible suffering of these accused Christian men won't be over for years. They have all consistently denied guilt of all 42 ‘terrorism’ charges.Thirteen of these 21 accused have been incarcerated in filthy, high-security jail cells and treated like convicted prisoners throughout that time -- including Herman van Rooyen and Rudi Gouws, desperate men who still are forced to attend their trial in shackles after escaping from the cells at the High Court and evading police for nine months before they were recaptured. All of these men suffered extensive torture, physical and mental, while in prison. Though yet to be proven guilty of any charges against them, these men were tortured with sleep deprivation torture, excessive noise torture, underfeeding, filthy conditions and physical beatings by the investigating police but also their jailers and fellow prisoners. Indeed this torture became so dangerous to their health that their long-time, dedicated attorney, Paul Kruger of Pretoria, travelled to the Netherlands to personally file their official statements about this maltreatment in prison with Amnesty International in Amsterdam. However this so-called 'human rights' organisation which supposedly fights for the rights of all prisoners worldwide, has thus far completely ignored the plight of these incarcerated Boer-Afrikaners -- indeed they did not  even have the basic courtesy to respond to the petition, filed in 2003. One of the Boeremag-21, Herman Scheepers -- a hale and healthy Boer before he was dumped in a C-Max prison cell, died of a virus infection contracted in jail.This is not surprising: according to their Amnesty International statements their prison cells frequently filled up with the backed-up, infectious sewage from the prison's overflowing sewage plant. Their families also are suffering greatly from the loss of their wage-earners: while one accused was married shortly after the trial started, six have since been divorced. The South African taxpayer also directly supports all the expenses of this trial: All the accused have legal aid assistance, and the trial already costs the Legal Aid Board far over R11-million ($1,1-million) by June 2007. The trial prosecutors’ record consists of more than 28,000 pages and these Boers and their defence councils moreover are being ‘presumed guilty’ by the State and will have to prove the inaccuracy of each paragraph on these 28,000 pages...  - turning around the legal requirement that the State must prove its case…The trial started in Pretoria's Palace of Justice amidst great public interest and extremely tight security measures over four years ago, with these family men shuffling into court clapped in chains each day as if they already were convicted criminals.It has since moved to the Pretoria High Court building with only a few family members and the occasional journalist attending. There's almost no news coverage now. Almost 160 witnesses by the end of the State’s presentation of the case in June 2007 have testified for the state, including a highly-paid police spy who claimed that he had 'infiltrated' the inner circle of a group he referred to as the Boeremag. Most of the evidence is shown to be circumstantial and a lot of hear-say, bar-gossip is also being presented as 'evidence...' http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2132231,00.html htttp://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,6119,2-7-1442_1332258,00.html -

also  Three Afrikaners sue police over torture during false 'Boeremag' arrests