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White farms torched, stripped: Centurion

Valuable stone farmhouses are stripped down to their very foundations by black squatters at Vlakplaas, CTC game farm, Lifestyle Estates Food Production and other abandoned homesteads where fresh food was produced for the fresh-produce markets of Gauteng only two years earlier. These are the latest scenes of torched-earth destruction from Gerhardsville – Centurion

May 20 2012 CENTURION - Many farms in the Gerhardsville Hennops rivier region are being abandoned by their white owners - and their interiors are stripped for firewood and bricks, metal sold to scrap-yards – and then they are torched before they are  stripped down to their foundations:

ABANDONED GERHARDSVILLE FARM STEAD BURNS OUT MAY 20 2012 MANY WHITE FARMS FIRE ABANDONED DUE TO FARM ATTACKS VIOLENT FARM-ATTACKS AND ANC-LAWS WHICH REMOVE THEIR LAND-RIGHTS ARE CHASING AWAY WHITE OWNERS FROM ONCE-PRODUCTIVE FOOD-PRODUCTION FARMS NEAR CENTURION, PRETORIA:  

ABANDONED FARM4 LIFESTYLE JOBLESS WORKERS WHITE OWNERS ABANDONED FARM GERHARDSVILLE MAY202012 Above: in 2009 hundreds of workers massed outside and demonstrated after they lost their jobs when many agricultural estates around Vlakplaas such as the CTC game farm and Lifestyle Estates Food Production (above) closed down. These abandoned agricultural estates south of Pretoria in the Centurion region now are targetted by black squatters. They strip the wooden interiors and roofs of the homesteads for scrap; torch them, and then remove the stone-walls right down to their foundations. Similar destruction of valuable real-estate properties are also occurring in other towns, such as the now destitute gold-mining town of Welkom (below)

The Times article: “How A small Town Blew R2bn On Dodgy Deals

WELKOM GOLD MINES PLUNDERED BY PIRATE MINERS ZAMA ZAMAS FROM LESOTHO Hundreds of black workers lost their jobs at Centurion’s agricultural estates:

Local resident Tom Klaasen, who took these pictures,  writes on May 20: "These two farms have been abandoned by their owners and the beautiful old farmhouses stripped of the organ pine for firewood and pressed ceilings to the scrapyard in our area.

ABANDONED FARMS2 PARAGON GENERATION TRUST STRIPPED DOWN FOR FIREWOOD AND SCRAP MAY 20 2012

ABANDONED FARMS AT GERHARDSVILLE AND VLAKPLAAS STRIPPED, TORCHED, BROKEN DOWN TO FOUNDATIONS TOM KLAASEN MAY 20 2012 

ABANDONED FARMS3 GERHARDSVILLE SMALLHOLDINGS MAY202012 TOM KLAASEN FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=380341675349712&set=oa.10150371740952444&type=1&theater

http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/article1113227.exe/How-a-small-town-blew-R2bn-on-dodgy-deals


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Afrikaner anthropologists chased away like dogs from Angola

The shocked, traumatised Ebo-Project team comprised of forensic anthropologists and 2 relatives of fallen SADF members, had all the ( confirmed and reconfirmed)  written documentation granting them legal permission to remove the bones of their four fallen comrades from informal graves in the village of Ebo, in Angola.  link

In September 2009, Pres Jacob Zuma had also confirmed that his government supported these arrangements, and had personally obtained the permission to proceed with the exhumation-plans directly from Angolan president Dos Santos.

Thousands of young white South African men did compulsory military service in the SADF before 1994’ -- Thousands of young white men, most of them often only seventeen, eighteen or nineteen year old, were called on to do compulsory military service in the South African Defence Force before 1994. Others joined the military and became professional soldiers.These men were told that they were fighting for the security of their country in the name of civilization and Christianity against the evil forces of communism. The dust has now long settled on the clashes in Namibia and Angola between the soldiers of 61 Mech and SWAPO, MPLA, Unita, the Soviet Union and the Cubans. In those days the soldiers on both sides fought for a system they believed in, but those days are past now.” quote from: http://www.61mech.org.za/former-foes

The graves of SADF cavallery-officer Niel Lombard and South African Air Force officers Capt Daniël Taljaard, 2-lt Keith Williamson en 2-lt Eric Thompson were finally located in February after years of research and annual field-trips by SADF-veterans.

  • May 19 2012 Rapport: EMPTY COFFINS OF FOUR FALLEN COMRADES

AFRIKANER FALLEN COMRADES COFFINS BORE THEIR NAMES BUT TEAM TAKING BODIES FROM ANGOLA CHASED AWAY LIKE DOGS MAY192012

The empty coffins for four fallen SADF-comrades who died in November 1975 during Operation Savanna in Ebo, Angola.  The gravesites were identified in February of SADF 61st mechanised-battallion conscript Niel Lombard,SA Air Force officers Capt Daniël Taljaard, 2-lt Keith Williamson en 2-lt Eric Thompson. Their four military men’s informal graves were traced to Nebo village after years of research during annual field trips by SADF veterans. (Picture: Leon Lombard. Rapport. ) In September 2009, Pres Jacob Zuma had also confirmed that his government supported these arrangements, and obtained the permission to proceed from Angolan president Dos Santos. http://www.61mech.org.za/articles/44-die-ebo-projek

MAY 20 2012 – After months of carefully-documented negotiations with Angolan government officials and after written approval from Mr Serafim du Prado, the governor of Kwanza-Sul province to remove the four bodies of the fallen South African men,  a team of eight Afrikaners, headed by retired SADF General-Major Gert Opperman, arrived in Angola. Opperman had reconfirmed their arrival with Do Prado by telephone and also, again in writing. So the team, comprised of forensic anthropologists Prof Maryna Blignaut-Steyn, Prof Willem Boshoff and Coen Nienaber, left for Nebo: he had made firm arrangements for the exhumation-project to take place from May 5 to May 15.A detailed schedule was also submitted to Du Prado.

The team was also accompanied by two relatives of the SADF-men who were going to be brought back home.: Opperman said that when the team arrived in the village of Ebo on the first day of their visit, they were confronted by its deputy-administrator – who spoke of ‘certain traditional matters’ which had to be undertaken before the exhumations could begin, apparently also involving a cash payment of $750 (about R6,200). They duly handed over the cash.

“We paid it and after two hours of exhumation at the first grave-site, we found the remains of the three air-force officers who had been shot down.’ Lombard’s gravesite was also identified – but while the team was preparing to collect the bones for return to South Africa, a group of armed police officers pointed their guns at the unarmed team of forensic anthropologists - and demanded that the Afrikaners had to stop all their activities.

Opperman said they still tried to negotiate to find an ameniable solution acceptable to all sides – but they were brusquely ordered to leave Angola. Thus far the Ebo-project has cost the group R250,000. The team was so traumatised by the highly aggressive event that Opperman had to arrange trauma-counselling for them upon their return.  http://www.rapport.co.za/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Groep-kry-berading-na-hul-uit-Angola-verjaag-is-20120519

The three Air Force officers were scheduled for reburial at the Memorial Wall at the Voortrekker Monument, and the fourth SADF member ‘s remains were scheduled for reburial at his family-gravesite on their farm near Riebeeck-Kasteel.

SADF Memorial Wall, Voortrekker Monument – Service on 3 June 2012

The three Air Force officers were killed when their reconnaissance plane was shot down on 25 november 1975 near Ebo by the Cuban military.

SADF operations in Namibia and Angola OPERATION ASKARI CAPTURED RUSSIAN 76MM Z183 ARTILLERY CANON AND URAL TRUCKS IN FRONT A SADF RATEL ARMOURED CAR And 61st Mechanised Battallion SADF conscript Niel Lombard was killed when his armoured vehicle, a ‘Ratel’, was blasted by Cuban artillery on 23 November 1975 near Ebo. (A similar Ratel is pictured in the foreground of this photo taken during Operation Askari in Namibia. (In the background are captured Soviet Ural trucks and on the left foreground a Russian 76MM Z183 artillery piece, similar to the one used by the Cubans in Angolan which killed Niel Lombard).

From 2009, members of the 61st Mechanised Battallion group organise trips to Angola to trace and document the route taken by the SADF’s 61st mechanised battallion in November 1975 during Operation Savanna. On 3 June 2012, they will hold the SADF veterans’ annual memorial commemoration service at the SADF Memorial Wall for Fallen Comrades.  http://www.61mech.org.za/articles/5-angola-expedition

Roll of Honour, SADF 61st Mechanised Battallion and Battle Group Juliet:

http://www.61mech.org.za/pages/roll-of-honour

http://www.rapport.co.za/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Groep-kry-berading-na-hul-uit-Angola-verjaag-is-20120519