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‘ SA’s Protection of Information Bill and its proposed Media Tribunal make KGB looks amateurish ‘
Guns put to the heads of journalists investigating high level crime:
She warns that ‘the Big Three are creepy – ( actualy there are four Zulu men running Zuma’s ‘security cluster’ namely Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, Bheki Cele, Nathi Mtetwa and Siyabonga Cwele ) …. ‘ they have followed faithfully in the steps of their predecessor, Jackie Selebi: “When guns are put to the heads of journalists who investigate high level crime; and when surveillance follows them wherever they go, then the nation needs to sit up and listen.”
Close-knit group of Zulu men run Zuma’s security-cluster:
Bheki Cele's appointment as new police chief on JUly 28 2011 created a close-knit tribal-group: four Zulu men leading South Africa's entire ‘security cluster”: From left to right below: Bheki Cele as SAPF chief, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Intelligence Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe.
Kadalie continues: (And) ‘if you are white and courageous as (is) Special Investigator Willie Hofmeyer, exposing corruption in the public and private spheres, you are bound to become Enemy No One. As for Public Protector Mrs Thuli Madonsela - an insider and a black woman - she refuses to ‘know her place’ so she must be capped at the knees. Killing the messenger that brings the good news is what our ‘criminal justice cluster’ does best - KGB-style,’ she notes.
Kadalie warns that the ANC-regime’s ‘current onslaught against the Public Protector and the Special Investigations Unit is a continuation of the country's rapid slide into its ‘ZANU-fiation’. (ZANU is the Shona-tribe’s political structure under Robert Mugabe which destroyed Zimbabwe.)
She continues: ‘add to this the Protection of Information Bill and the proposal for a Media Tribunal then the KGB looks amateurish in comparison. Now is the time for eternal vigilance and this column is a call to the public to do its utmost to support Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, and Special Investigator, Willie Hofmeyer.
“With political pedigrees such as theirs, they are eminently qualified for their jobs. They have performed their duties without fear or favour and have remained uncontaminated by power and the glitz and glamour of public life. Madonsela is a highly trained human- and constitutional-rights lawyer with a CV that belies her experience.
“Prior to 1994, Madonsela carved a niche for herself as a young lawyer who shone a lamp with her feminist research on making a case for women's legal and human rights, the rights of victims, equality legislation and much more. Similarly, Hofmeyer has always been impeccably honest and ‘clean', a loyal citizen, carrying out his investigations with dedicated rigour.
“It’s typically what gangster-States do”, she warns:
‘Casting aspersions on the integrity of both Madonsela and Hofmeyer before the release of Mrs Madonsela’s report investigating the irregular R500million-tender between Bheki Cele's office and Roux Shabangu concerning the tenders for the Police headquarters...is typical what gangster-States do…’:
- “Intimidating and threatening our constitution's guardians, the (ANC-regime) does exactly what Vladimir Putin's gangsters did to Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist and human rights activist, who tracked the conflict in Chechnya and Putin's role in fuelling it. Politkovskaya met her fate on 7 October 2006, in the lift of her block of flats, where she was mercilessly gunned down after enduring years of death threats and constant surveillance.”
“The Human Rights Commission, at last, has ruled in favour of Chumane Maxwele - the jogger who showed the finger at pres Jacob Zuma’s cavalcade… “The Minister of Police's refusal to cooperate in this investigation is an indication of the contempt this office has for the rule of law. The same goes for the police's treatment of Sunday Times reporter, Mzilikazi W'Afrika. Hounded like a common criminal for doing what he is paid to do, he now needs security guards to allow him to live as freely as any other citizen.”
- (COMMENT: Kadalie suffers from pro-black tunnel vision and thus only notices the human-rights violations against blacks, however whites also are being abused in an identical manner. We publish some details below this article…)
‘ Under Zuma reign, lawlessness, corruption, ‘entitlement’ to State resources have become a way of life…’
Kadalie continues: “I would like to believe that President Zuma, unlike Putin, does not approve of these tactics, but increasingly under his reign, lawlessness, corruption, and entitlement to the state's resources have become a way of life. The recent report on Executive salaries and the bonuses our useless cadre-deployed officials vote for themselves, paints a picture of a vampire state that takes our hard-earned taxes with ruthless abandon, giving nothing in return.”
- “When I was a Human Rights Commissioner with Helen Suzman, she repeatedly prophesied that the day will come when the ANC will regret ever having drafted our wonderful Constitution. Her bugbear - that the Chapter 9 institutions and the socio-economic rights clause will require the utmost integrity from the ANC, when she knew implicitly that they lacked the political will to do so -- has regrettably been proven right.”
She concludes: “If President Zuma wants to win our favour, then he should act swiftly and excise, with ruthless precision, the gangrene of wanton lawlessness that is infecting SA's body politic, and reverse the slide into authoritarianism for which Africa has become renown. “ This article first appeared in Die Burger. email: email@example.com tel: (021) 461-3783
http://bit.ly/f0HNVo - The full might of the State is being thrown into a court-case against one lone Durban citizen who -- a bit in his cups at the annual DurbanJuly horserace a year ago – accidentially sloshed his whisky from the public gallery above: just as Jacob Zuma was passing down below – an accident which Zuma’s VIP-guards immediately claimed was an attack against the South African president by the white man …even though not a drop had struck Zuma's expensive suit.
The case proceeds – seemingly endlessly -- in Durban after countless postponements. This apparent vendetta is being waged against Durban racecourse-owner Daryl Peense - charged with ‘assaulting’ the president ofSouth Africa. Peense admitted that he’d accidentially spilled whisky on the president at a July racetrack meeting in 2010, however he’d been drunk, Mr Zuma did not get wet - and the president had also never lodged any complaints himself.
- Daryl Peense writes on his face book page: “ Last year (2010) at the Durban July, I accidentally spilled whiskey and water onto Jacob Zuma's head. None of it actually touched him but for this accident I am in court on 6 July 2011 with the charge of "assault of the president". Please invite your friends to this page and help increase awareness of this bizarre action. Thank you for your support, it means a lot to me. Regards, Daryl Peense. firstname.lastname@example.org Phone +27 71 777 3333 http://www.betting2win.co.za
March 22 2011 Peense court appearance: Photographer Rogan Ward assaulted by Zuma police-guards: forced him to erace pictures, cursed him for ‘a racist’…
The bodyguards are being put on record as the worst kind of bullies: at one of the endless Peense court-postponements, they assaulted press photographer Rogan Ward right after one former guard from their unit had testified against Peense on March 22 2011; Ward’s sunglasses were damaged, he was manhandled, they forced him to erace his pictures, and they cursed Ward as a ‘racist’. BBC Meanwhile the harassment is costing Peense his livelihood – and he’s worried about his 6-year old son’s future.
At the last court appearance, an appeal was lodged to have the case dismissed. Meanwhile Peense is facing tens of thousands of Rands in legal costs which he cannot afford. And that appears to be the aim of this frivolous lawsuit: to bankrupt him and ruin his family.
‘It was an accident… never intended to injure the president…’
Peense, 31, told the court on March 22 2011 that while he admitted spilling his whisky, it was an accident, he admitted that he was drunk on this festive day - and Mr Zuma did moreover, not even get wet.
He wasn’t charged for being drunk in public. He was charged with a deliberate assault on the president of South Africa with the contents from his glass filled with Johnny Walker whisky, water and ice-cubes.
One of Zuma’s presidential bodyguard at that time, Funani Edgar Nemaenzhe, testified that he believed it was ‘deliberate”: ‘he saw Peense pour a drink from the balcony on to the president's entourage.” He claimed that “another guard had used his jacket to protect the president… ” Nemaenzhe also confirmed Peense’s own defence, namely that he’d been drunk : Peense ‘had smelled of alcohol and could not walk straight when arrested.” Peense is however not contesting the fact that he was drunk: he wasn’t charged with being drunk. The defendant's lawyer pointed out that the president had not even lodged a complaint, and that the accused “didn't intend to cause injury to the president nor to impair his bodily integrity in any way," said Advocate Jimmy Howse. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12817517
VIP-cops act like bullies: force photographer to delete their picture, cursed him as a ‘racist’…
Right after testifying at the Durban Magistrate’s Court, two of Zuma’s bodyguards then allegedly assaulted freelance-photographer Rogan Ward outside the courtroom, grabbing his camera and cursing him for a ‘racist.’
- Journalist Yusuf Moolla noted the reactions of human-rights groups who ‘reacted with outrage’ after the incident because similar incidents have happened before. Ward’s camera was taken away from him because he’d photographed the ‘vip-protection unit officers’. He was forced to erace the pictures.
Increase in attacks, frivolous arrests of journalists by police:
Concerned at the attack, SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) chairman Mondli Makhanya said the forum ‘had noted an increase in the number of attacks on journalists on duty by police: “We have written to the police and sought a meeting.” He said the forum regarded the behaviour of the VIP officers as unruly and thuggish. “When journalists and photographers are doing their jobs, we do not expect them to be harassed.”
VIP-police unit is not above the law:
He said the unit was not above the law and had to abide by the standing rules on how police should treat journalists. “We condemn their actions in the strongest terms.”
Media analyst and former Freedom of Expression Institute director Ayesha Kajee said that “if Ward had not done anything illegal in taking the pictures, then the attack was a violation of his rights and a violation of the public’s right to know the truth.”
- Kajee said she wanted to see the authorities uphold the rights of the media and of freedom of expression. “I would like to see our courts and the justice system very carefully weigh the balance of freedom of the press on the one hand, and the right to privacy and dignity on the other,” she said.
Pretoria News photographer Masi Losi, Jos Charle threatened with arrest by cops:
, chief photographer of The Mercury’s sister paper the Pretoria News, was also assaulted by police officers on February 4. Losi and executive editor Jos Charle were threatened with arrest after Losi had photographed Pretoria Central police officers arresting a suspected thief - which they had rescued from an enraged mob. - The Mercury http://www.thestar.co.za/vip-cops-pounce-on-journalist-1.1045750?ot=inmsa.ArticlePrintPageLayout.ot http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12817517