20130611

Why are so many POOR whites attacked in SA?

Why are so many impoverished Afrikaner whites attacked?

When the ANC-regime constantly claims that the great many extremely violent attacks against Afrikaner whites are 'entirely due to ordinary crime', questions must be asked why so many impoverished whites are also attacked, often raped and murdered by black gangs? Below are just a few examples of such hate-crimes:

Impoverished Afrikaans singer Jeandre Van Rensburg, 19, who survived by singing for tips at East Rand night-clubs -- was killed in Springs nightclub: he had received racist threats from 'five coloured men' several weeks before he was murdered:

  • Asian man called Ali being sought in Springs

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View Jeandre Van Rensburg's first (and last) music video 

    The singer, just 19, had just issued his first music video, 'Die Lewe'  (Life) which shows him walking in a graveyard and driving through the mining-town of Springs where he often sang in clubs at at charity functions

      http://youtu.be/OfqPmPvpPPk

      Murdered Poor Afrikaner singer Jeandre Van Rensburg Only Music Video

June 10 2013 - The SAPS in Springs released a picture of "Ali", a Pakistani citizen sought for questioning in connection with the murder of impoverished Afrikaner singer Jeandre Van Rensburg, 19, on May 29 2013 at a local nightclub. The youth, who sang for pocket money in local night clubs - usually accompanied by his father -- was found with his throat sliced through in a toilet of a club. He died in his father's arms. Allegedly there had been death threats against the youth several weeks before he was killed. He told the family he had also been accosted a few weeks before his death by 'five coloured men'.  There are two widely different media versions of this event.  His mother  Rozanne van Rensburg and others say that Van Rensburg was contacted by people in Pretoria who wanted to meet him 'for a surprise party'. When he arrived -- he and his father Jannie went to the venue together -- the men who had arranged to meet him there apparently did not show up. So instead Juandre and his dad sat in the strip club - where he often sang for tip-money - drinking a few beers. At one stage Juandre said he had to go to the toilet and his father went with him. The two men had kidded with each other 'talking nonsense' which each standing in different stalls. Then Jannie went out leaving Juandre still standing at a stall. As he went out he saw a man he referred to as an 'Asian' go inside the toilet where Juandre was alone inside. This man, he knew as 'Ali' and frequented the club, was inside 'not for very long, not long enough to go to the toilet,' the father noted. Then other people went inside the toilet and almost immediately ran out again, saying there was 'much blood'. The man named Ali had by then apparently left the club. Juandre's father Jannie rushed inside and found his son sprawled on the floor, with his throat cut. According to the description his son's throat was cut by someone who approached him from behind. Juandre was still alive, and spoke to his dad who held him while waiting for emergency services to arrive. His son apparently told him "I am thirsty and I cannot feel my legs any more.' Emergency services arrived very quickly and had apparently still found him alive, but he died shortly thereafter before he could be loaded into the ambulance. His mom, Mrs Van Rensburg said: "He knew he was going to be killed." Juandre had remained at the club with his father also to earn some extra money and received R300 in tips for singing that night, she said in the telephone interview. The SAPS is not investigating a 'robbery',  only a murder.

  • The second version was published in Beeld newspaper on May 31 -- indicating that the young singer was killed in the toilet of the Cockpit club in Springs. His throat was cut. A Pakistani man referred to as 'Ali' had followed Van Rensburg to the toilet and had then left alone, Beeld reported. "People" then found Van Rensburg with his throat cut inside the toilet. SAPS capt Johannes Ramphora was quoted by Beeld newspaper as saying that 'a group of friends from Pretoria visited together often at the men's club, and that they all knew each other, and that the club was also frequented by local businessmen. " He said the police were called to the club at around 23h00 when Van Rensburg's body was found and they questioned all the witnesses."  http://www.beeld.com/nuus/2013-05-31-sanger-in-klub-keelaf-gesny Memorial Page http://facebook.com/jeandresinger

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Afrikaners increasingly targetted, abused, humiliated by black-racist ANC-officials:

Summary: http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.nl/2012/08/growing-trend-to-arrest-whites-on-fake.html

Poor-white hitchhiker  gang-raped by 6 black robbers 'in revenge for having no valuables' -

WHITE HITCHHIKER RAPED BY SIX BLACK MEN BUT RUSTENBURG POLICE WONT MENTION RACE

Rustenburg - police case file Nr CAS691/1/2013:  On Feb 15 2013 Tom Hollamby wrote on the Boere Krisis Aksie facebook page that the SAPS in #Rustenburg are investigating a gang rape of an (white) man by six (black) males near the Mooinooi region "after he could not give them any cash". This incident was reported to the police on Friday Feb 10 2013. Initially the police in Rustenburg tried to cover up the case, denying that the gangrape had taken place at all. However when confronted with the case number their provincial spokesman confirmed that they were investigating six rape-charges; and that victim had been treated at the local hospital. They would not provide the ethnic-identity of the victim nor the suspects. There have been no arrests. The victim was given antiretroviral medication to prevent transfer of the HIV-AIDS virus.  He had been hitchhiking to his job in Rustenburg from Kroondal about 5km away when a white Toyota Hilux-bakkie (farm vehicle) containing six (black) men offered to give him a ride according to Boere Krisis Aksie.  However instead of dropping him off near his home, they drove with him into the veld where they demanded cash - "but the man had no money", said SAPS Brigadier Thulani Ngubane Ngubane. "The man claims he was injected with some kind of drug, a plastic bag was pulled over his head, he was raped by each of the men, and then dropped in the veld. He was taken to the Rustenburg hospital for treatment." Ngubane confirmed that the man has lodged six charges of rape. Nobody was arrested.  (The initial report on BKA said that seven men had been involved in the gangrape. )

These are not unusual incidents: many white men and women are targeted and/or threatened with black-racist (and often sexual) abuse - often also by public officials: who then proceed to cover up these racist incidents.  These are hardly ever reported, not even by Amnesty International

  • The horrific double-murders of an impoverished Afrikaner mother and daughter, Helen and Alice Lotter, have never been cited by Amnesty International nor any other Human Rights organisations, inside or outside South Africa.
Tortured farm women Helen and Alice Lotter ’s cervix and uterii were completey missing: their sexual organs had been extensively mutilated internally and externally…’ testimony by coroner:

Lotter Alice and Helen FreeState Tortured Live with broken beer bottles in genitals intestines torn out

2010-06-03 Tom de Wet VIRGINIA. – The gruesome cruelties suffered by the murdered Miss Helen Lotter, 57, and her mother Alice became very clear when coroner Dr Horst Bumba’s report to the Welkom High Court showed that Helen Lotter’s cervix and uterus were ‘missing’ and that her death was caused by ‘sharp trauma and injuries to her lower body’ incurred during the attack against the two Afrikaner women in their Allenridge, Free State farm house on March 6 2010.

The old Afrikaner woman’s dying statement to Captain Koos Venter, the police officer who had found the mortally-wounded mother and daughter implicated the gardener as one of the men who assaulted them.  Just before she died,  the mortally-wounded Alice had told investigating SAPS captain Koos Venter that she and her daughter Alice were tortured by a group of men headed by their gardener, Joseph (Hlongwane, 22) – and had pointed  the policeman to the worker’s personal details which she kept inside her passport. Hlongwane was also directly linked to the murders of the two frail women by fingerprints lifted from the crime-scene by forensic experts The e mother’s last words to the Afrikaner policeman were “Thank the Lord that you care for us and that we can hide with you…’’ Alice Lotter died shortly after her arrival at hospital, her daughter Helen died several days later. 

Both women were ‘extensively mutilated’. This testimony was delivered by Capt Venter at the High Court trial before judge S P B Hancke in Welkom, Free State of the Lotter woman’s gardener Joseph Hlongwane, 22 and his co-accused Joseph Khumalo, 21. They deny all the charges – three murders, one house-breakin with the intend to commit robbery; and aggravated robbery. They deny all the charges. The name of the third-murder victim was not mentioned in this news report in Volksblad.

The Afrikaner policeman, who has 31 years of experience, testified that the scene of women’s torture-murders was among ‘the cruellest crimes he had ever witnessed in his career.’ The two Free State Boer women’ murders on March 6 2009 – Helen Lotter’s breasts were also partially cut off and broken bottle-shards were inserted in her vagina and anus as part of the extensive torture she and her mother Alice had endured  --  caused  deep anger amongst the Afrikaner/Boer community.  Information submitted by police members to the news media shortly after the murder also was that the words ‘Kill the Boer’ had been daubed in the women’s blood on the farmhouse walls.

GRAPHIC RE-ENACTMENT OF THE TORTURE-MURDERS AT ODENDAALSRUST LAW COURT

LotterWomenTortureMurdersMarch62009OdendaalsrustProtestApril172009Shortly before he himself was also murdered in April 2010 - hacked to death so brutally that he was nearly unrecognisable --  ailing Ventersdorp farmer Eugene Terre’Blanche, leader of the now defunct Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB),  also referred to the extreme cruelty of the Lotter women’s torture-murders in media interviews. Terre’Blanche led peaceful protest actions at the Odendaalsrust law courts when the suspects made their first remand appearances. The Boer protestors demanded that the murderers be hanged – and had also carried out shockingly graphic re-enactments depicting the exact way in which the Lotter women had been put to death. Terre’Blanche was amongst the peaceful protestors at the Odendaalsrust law courts when the suspects had made their first remand appearances and applied for bail in April 2009.

Shockingly, the local ANC-mayor Mrs Mataba Leeto led a counter-protest in favour of the two torturer-killers of the Afrikaner women...

The  local ANC-mayor organised a counter-protest with local ANC-cadres at the same time: but the Boer and ANC protestors did not clash: they were kept apart - by a large police force which was being ordered around by the ANC-mayor, who told the Boers that their protest was ‘illegal’.  The two groups stood side-by-side on the curb opposite the law court, loudly trying to outdo each other in singing their respective national anthems in their own languages… as can be seen on the picture below: the ANC contingent can be seen in the background, the Boers in front.  http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/04/odendaalsrust-law-court-scene-of-angry.html

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Odendaalsrust magistrate’s court April 2009:   – the ANC counter-protest group which supported the two 'accused' killers of the two Lotter women, was headed by local ANC-mayor Mrs Mataba Leeto in the background;  the Boer protestors in front objected against the suspects getting bail  http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2009/04/odendaalsrust-law-court-scene-of-angry.html  Captain Koos Venter, head of the detective unit at Allanridge, testified at the Welkom High Court that he had 31 years of police service behind him – and that this was the bloodiest and cruellest crime scene he had ever seen.  Hlongwane was also linked to the murder by finger-prints found at the crime-scene by forensic experts, reported Volksblad.  The public prosecutor was advocate Sophie Giorgi, the defence counsellors  Advocate  Jan Nkhahle and Mr. Lawrence Chabalala, Judge Hancke was assisted on the Bench by two Assessors Mr P Haasbroek and Mrs B Smal. The two accused were found guilty at the Welkom High Court. The other men who also participated in the attack were never arrested.  http://www.volksblad.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Bejaarde-se-gebed-laaste-woorde-voor-dood-20100601

 Afrikaner children are turned into Nigerian gangs' sex-slaves: AfrikaansKidsAreTurnedIntoSexSlavesByNigerianGangsBloemfontein

The city of Bloemfontein has become one of the busiest corridors for the trade in human beings, according to Time Magazine.

Writes a Bloemfontein resident in Volksblad: "The Nigerians simply transport the children (and even their moms) from city to city. "Just take a look in Bloemfontein in the street where the (government-run) Aurora Rehabilitation centre is located (15 Brompton Road, Naval View, Bloemfontein). The Nigerians are openly selling drugs right opposite the street... yet the police do not know about this? Our uncaring attitude to do anything about this makes it so easy for this filthy pigs to ruin our children. Their chances of escaping from heroin-addiction for instance, stands at only one child per 10,000 children abducted. Our children have no safe havens to flee to..."

http://www.time/com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1952334,00.html

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http://www.volksblad.com/MyVolksblad/Briewe/Dwelms-en-n-meisie-met-rooi-hare-20101127 

Frederick Olivier 19 dies in SAPS cell - police claims he 'hanged himself' but cannot explain the multiple bruises on his face: Westonaria

OLIVIER FREDERICK HANGED HIMSELF IN POLICE CELL QUESTIONED

APR52011 Westonaria SAPS station. Frederick Olivier, a young Afrikaner man who was looking forward to his hoped-for first job at the local gold-mine, was arrested on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, allegedly when 'police received a complaint of disturbing the peace.' Police claimed he ‘hanged himself.’He was dumped in the holding cells of Westonaria police station for 'public drunkenness', said constable Lienkie Lefekane 'for the obligatory four-hour drying out period. No blood tests were taken to prove that the young Afrikaner had actually been drunk. Olivier, claimed Lefekane, was then "discovered hanging in his cell when police officers checked on him."  The police did not say whether Olivier was in the cell alone that night. According to Olivier’s father Ollie, this version of events makes no sense. His son had bruises on his face which looked as if he had been beaten up. He didn’t have those bruises when he was taken into custody by the Westonaria police.  "My son had a bright future ahead of him," says Olivier. "He was hopeful of getting a job on the mine, where he recently applied, and was supposed to get engaged in September. Why would he do something like this?" Olivier has his suspicions about his son’s death in custody. "I have photographs of my son in his casket. He looks as if he’s been beaten up. He had no mark on his face when he was arrested." Meanwhile, Lefekane insists that there was "nothing untoward regarding this case. He was arrested for drunkenness, and he committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell"said Lefekane.

http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/randfontein-westonaria/randfontein-westonaria-news-crime?oid=4374194&sn=Detail&pid=489914&Boy-dies-in-police-cu

Third Degree TV programme highlights the cruel police-cell death of Alzheimer-sufferer,  Afrikaner pensioner James Brown: dumped in police cell for eating a bar of chocolates:

BROWN JAMES KRIEL POLICE CELL MURDER Above:  June 9 2009 – deniseryan@mweb.co.za  sent around a petition, demanding a new investigation into the deeply mysterious death of Kriel old-age pensioner James Brown in a cell of the local police station. By August 2012, no-one was arrested for this murder of a defenceless old man in a police cell where he had been placed by himself . The TV programme Third Degree, broadcast by ETV in South Africa, showed these pictures of the late Mr Brown who was arrested at the Shoprite supermarket in Kriel – for ‘taking a chocolate bar without paying for it’.  Ryan wrote: “The old man was assaulted,  beaten and sprayed with pepper spray by the police officers who arrested him without any probable course for their behavior towards him – the old man did not resist arrest and the police officers were never in any danger from him at any stage. This old man did not know he was doing anything wrong because he was an Alzheimer’s sufferer – his doctor said his physical health was good, but he did suffer from Alzheimer. “After his arrest, his civil rights were also violated  because he had nobody to assist him and his right to a phone call was not presented to him otherwise he could have been assisted by a family member or attorney. “He died within  four hours of custody at the Kriel police station . Relatives also questioned the reason for the (clearly fresh) head wound to the back of his head because the footage on the CCTV which showed his arrival at the Shoprite in Kriel, proved that he ‘d had no injuries at all.   http://www.etv.co.za email: 3rddegree@etv.co.za

Sheryl Cwele -  then the wife of Intelligence/Security minister Siyabonga Cwele, charged with luring impoverished white women into a drug-running syndicate with job-promises

Mrs. Swanepoel told the Pietermaritzburg High Court that her former neighbour Mrs Sheryl Cwele had personally assured her and her husband that daughter Tessa Beetge, would be safe overseas. "After Sheryl put my husband's and my mind at rest, we agreed. We didn't suspect anything. We were happy Tessa was going overseas. It would be her first trip. She looked at it as a way of seeing the world. It was a trip that neither her mum nor dad had been on.” Another State-witness, Charmaine Moss, also is expected to testify to having a similar experience.The court heard that Cwele had organised an overseas job for her which would see her getting free travel, free accommodation, free clothing and 1,000 British Pounds. Mrs Swanepoel said that during a meeting at Cwele's office at the Hibiscus Coast Municipality in Uvongo, her daughter had been told she would do “administrative work” in London. Mrs Cwele allegedly told the daughter and the mother -- Beetge and Swanepoel -- that she “had decided to organise the job for Beetge because she (Sheryl) was tired of travelling overseas.” The Minister's wife had allegedly given Beetge R500 for an air ticket from Durban International Airport to Johannesburg. Beetge had been picked up at the Johannesburg international airport by Nabolisa and his wife, only identified as Nomsa, before she left the country, the court heard. "She was very excited. It was her first trip out of the country. She took it as an opportunity to see the world." Tessa Beetge left the country on May 20, 2008."When she left South Africa she landed in JF Kennedy Airport and she moved on to Peru," she said. Swanepoel said her daughter had contacted her after her arrest in Brazil. It was not revealed in court how she ended up in Brazil. Beetge was supposed to come back on June 4, 2008, but she did not because “she was always told the planes were full”, said Swanepoel. "She told me that she was getting different excuse." The State alleged that Cwele and Nabolisa conspired to recruit the two white SA women as unknowing drug mules. Beetge is currently serving an eight-year jail sentence in Sao Paulo, Brazil, after 10kg of raw cocaine was found in her luggage. Cwele and Nabolisa were arrested in January this year and face three charges --dealing or conspiring to deal in drugs; procuring Moss to collect drugs in Turkey; and procuring Beetge to smuggle 10kg of cocaine from South America.

http://www.boerentrepreneur.com/farmitracker/reports/view/639

 

Morné Pieterse cursed, beaten by SAPS Welkom when he tried to provide information regarding crime-investigation:

PIETERSE MORNE WELKOM POLICE ASSAULTED HIM APRIL272011

Welkom police station: 2011-04-27 An Afrikaner resident of Welkom who wanted to talk to a detective to help with a crime-investigation, was cursed and beaten instead.  Pieterse 's eyes now are blackened after he and his girlfriend Rhona went to the police station on Friday at around 7pm, looking for a specific detective they wanted to talk to, to give him information they had about a certain crime.(source: Tom de Wet). A black female clerk in civilian clothes cursed Rhona, shouting that they would have to contact the detective themselves, and to 'fkoff' out of her police station. Then a male uniformed police officer umped over the counter and beat Pieterse in the face several times. The couple then asked other police officials at the station to help them lodge a formal complaint against the cop who had assaulted him - but nobody wanted to help. Eventually the detective they'd enquired after, came to the police station. And then Pieterse was beaten by the same cop again - in front of the detective, who intervened. Pieterse has lodged a formal complaint at the Virginia SAPS against the Welkom police man.SAPS captain Stephen Thakeng said 'a senior officer will be appointed to investigate the complaint. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Paar-glo-geskel-man-aangerand-in-polisiestasie-20110427

SAPS sergeant Ignatius le Roux: kept in custody for 3 years: case dropped  for lack of evidence Feb 26 2012: lost his job anyway

One of the worst cases besides the 'Boeremag' case - where 11 Afrikaners have been kept in high-security cells for the past ten years while awaiting their trial  -- is that of SAPS sergeant Ignatius le Roux, arrested on trumped up charges and kept in custody for three years – and who was released after the case was dropped on February 26 2012 ‘due to a lack of evidence”.

LE ROUX IGNATIUS sergeant SAPS fired on trumped up charges kept in MODDERBEE prison for three years case dropped

Afrikaans mom Yolanda Mostert; farmer Wikus Ras attacked, arrested by traffic cops on trumped up charges -

2011-10-26 ERMELO. Mrs Yolanda Mostert allegedly was badly mauled by the infamous 'red-hat traffic brigade'

http://www.boerentrepreneur.com/farmitracker/reports/view/1991

Nylstroom: Du Preez family arrested on farm, SAPS commander shouting: "Shoot dead anyone who resists...'

Nylstroom Court rules that the Du Preez family was arrested on trumped up charges after viewing the video: The entire Du Preez family was arrested by a huge SAPS contingent shouting: “Today we are going to arrest a Boer…’ egged on by Nylstroom SAPS commander Mayila’s order: “…shoot dead anyone who resists…

  • 2010-08-10  Thirty SAPS members in 15 vehicles descended on the Du Preez farm near Nylstroom, with station commander Mayila shouting: “I order you to shoot dead anyone who resists…’ Fortunately, the entire violent incident was recorded on video… and the Nylstroom magistrate’s court , after viewing these horrendous scenes, was able to rule that the Afrikaner farm family had been framed by the SAPS… and that the six Du Preez family members were completely innocent of any wrongdoing… Article headline: “BLOU BLIKSEMS”, reporter: Inge Liebenberg SONDAG Afrikaans tabloid, date 10 August 2010 http://www.sondag.co.za/artikels/Nuus/BLOU-BLIKSEMS

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" Today we are going to arrest a Boer "

…was the reported hatespeech by the black arresting officers against arrested the two arrested Afrikaner men: De Wildt, Brits Le Grange father Joseph, son Pieter, friend Hendrik vander Westhuizen: case overturned after successful appeal against unfair trial due to "racial prejudice of Judge Frans Kgomo": court ruled that  the three  Afrikaners from Prieska had an unfair trial because of anti-Afrikaner judge Frans Kgomo - Supreme court of appeal rules...

Ex commander of 32nd Batallion, Willem Ratte and 9 other arrested Afrikaners on trumped up 'illegal arms cache'  charges (which were dropped without explanation three months later...

AFRIKANERS ARRESTED TRUMPED UP CHARGES TWO LEGAL GUNSMITHS AND GUN DEALERS ARRESTSAFRIKANERS ARRESTED TRUMPED UP CLAIM BALMORAL RATTE ARMSCACHE LIE

Trial-awaiting Afrikaners spat at by muslim outside Witbank court room reported Israeli pro-Boer activist Avigdor Eskin: who was  on a fact-finding mission in South Africa and also attended the arrested Boers’ court-appearance in Witbank. After all the high-profile media coverage had thoroughly demonised the Afrikaners and their families, the men were released and the charges dropped. Willem Ratte, a decorated former 32Battallion leader was twice arrested on trumped-up weapons charges. Ratte was teaching unemployed Afrikaner youths a new artisan trade: during the trial evidence it emerged that the SA police had planted weapons and even searched an adjacent farm to locate some marijuana, just to keep them from getting bail. All these charges were dropped later but Ratte had to go on an extracted hunger-strike before they would do so:

Terror against Afrikaners in FreeState by black-male gangs continues: "Born to Kill' gang members ordered to kill whites:

  • ADAMGordon78andLorraineAdam63 of ChristianFellowship Bethulie Free State stabbed dead IN BED.jjpg The nature of the gruesome murder  on Afrikaners in the Free State by blacks confirms that this is a planned terror campaign. In Bethulie a third double-murder was carried out in a short period of time, this time on the devout Christian couple  Gordon 78 and Lorraine Adam 63, stabbed to death in their sleep. Outside the court, during the arraignment of six arrested "Born To Kill" gang members, some of their comrades,  clearly identifiable by their tattoos, - told the Volksblad newspaper that three of the  six accused men had to carry out these killings to be inducted into the gang. They also said the Adams couple were very active as missionaries amongst prisoners and that they were targetted for this reason. In  nearby Riebeeckstad, Welkom Mrs. Carmen van der Westhuizen was also gang-raped and then killed with a garden-spade. The young family had just moved into the rental home with their two small children. http://www.ditsem.net/berig.php?id=975
    Scenes filmed by Volksblad newspaper: video of protests outside Bethulie court and of the Adams couple funeral service: http://youtu.be/SDQyQzgAa38

The attitude towards white South Africans amongst ruling black elite ANC-politicians can perhaps best be illustrated by a deputy-police minister raging: "All whites are criminals' (below):

WHITES PUNISHED TOO LIGHTLY FOR CRIMES MAGGIE SOTYU RAGE DEPY POLICE MINSITER 20101109   Such human rights violations against Afrikaners and English-speaking white South Africans are soaring under the ANC-regime:

For the past 19 years, a growing trend has been noticed in South Africa of the growing number of human-rights violations by the SA policing authorities -- where specifically Afrikaners and  English-speaking white males especially - and to a lesser extent also females - are arrested on trumped-up charges, often related to fraudulent sexual- or ‘white-racist hate-crime’ claims, put through the ordeal of a high-profile arrest accompanied by massive news-media reporting: often their names and photos are widely published before they have even been charged and asked to plead in a court of law. These arrested whites are often also denied the right to get bail - even when they are residents without previous police records and hold down good jobs and would not be able to flee abroad.  These arrested whites often are forced to spend long periods of time in trial-awaiting incarceration - where they face frequent (sexual and racial) abuse from black inmates in the often grossly-overcrowded trial-awaiting prison cells:

http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.nl/2012/08/growing-trend-to-arrest-whites-on-fake.html

The attitude towards white South Africans amongst ruling black ANC-politicians can best be illustrated by the rage outside the SA parliament by the depy-police minister Maggie Sotyu (left)  in 2010 when she said:  ' all whites are punished too lightly for crimes -- all whites are criminals'.  She was quoted by Lizel Steenkamp, veteran Afrikaans journalist at Die Burger newspaper in Cape Town who reported that the (new) deputy-Police minister Sotyu responded to this report by slamming the current SA judicial system as 'racist' when addressing the news media after a parliamentary hearing. She claimed - without providing any detailed proof - that 'a white person or Boer who drags a black worker behind his bakkie (farm truck) gets away with a R10,000 fine… However a black man who arrives to kill a white Boer gets a lifetime prison sentence. That's racist politics. It's high time that our courts realise that this is the New South Africa now.”

However the deputy-police minister's claim that 'all whites are criminals' is not borne out by the statistics of the racial composition in the SA prisons - despite growing poverty of the Afrikaner population

WHO ARE THE CRIMINALS IN SA INMATE RACIAL COMPOSITION OCT2010 SA correctional services Inmate Gender and Racial Composition, last day of 2010/10 

Above: South Africa has some 45-million 'whites' and more than 51million blacks. Although whites make up about 9.5% of the total population they only make up 1.66% of the total prison population.

Even the lowest ranking police officers seem to hold similar views to their deputy-minister, as can be seen in the following incident:

 HALL BADEN VIDEOCLIP RACIST ATTACK BY BLACK FEMALE COP NOV302008 Above: Baden Hall, a white South African citizen, became the victim of a black-racist assault with his wife - but posted the video clip to prove it. He wrote on this brief YouTube video clip: "A deranged Black Female unemployed reservist constable T Mahlwempu, SAPS number 2040072-1, masquerading as Sergeant attacks me (and ends up punching my wife) because I was filming her aggression inter alia: She (the female police officer) started screaming a string of political abuse at me along the lines of ‘You white sh**, you are going to die here with your money. We will make sure you never leave this country, you will die here first’,” said Hall.  The seven seconds of footage from his phone showed an angry black policewoman storming the camera aggressively, striking out in front of her as a loud slap sounds with another black uniformed woman behind her. Then the picture ends suddenly as the phone was knocked out of Hall’s hand. The Hall couple said in an interview with The Star newspaper in Johannesburg afterwards that the attack caused a commotion, as other police members entered the fray and restrained their aggressive colleagues. Hall said: the issue is the fact that "an arresting officer refused to identify herself, then struck me twice when I tried to photograph her lapel badge.“ Hall said he was devastated, and laid a charge of assault against the police-woman.“Nobody was in control there. The (police) inspector told me to f*** off at least three times, and I intend opening a case and also reporting this to the Independent Complaints Directorate in the hope this will be escalated as high as possible.” Melanie Hall said she was horrified by the assault. “You feel so helpless. They join ranks around you.” The SAPS said they could not comment.   http://www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=2500&fDate=2008-11-28&fEdition=2&fIndex=5 (the original newspaperlink no longer works and it's not known whether this case ever went to court).

 Boeremag prisoner Dr Lets Pretorius was racially-abused in prison

, his testimony in radio interview Dr Lets Pretorius, one of the 21 men recently found guilty in the controversial Boeremag-treason-trial, said he was racially-abused in the Pretoria high security prison - radio interview Feb 8 2008 listen to the radio interview - Fri Feb 8 2008 http://www.boerentrepreneur.com/farmitracker/reports/view/217

Below: Black-racist hatespeech turns trial of the two black murderers of Eugene Terre'Blanche into ANC-propaganda campaign against the victim and his family:

-  with false claims in court that the VICTIM (Terre'Blanche was recovering from recent openheart surgery)  had 'tried to rape' one of his teenaged murderers and that they had 'acted in self-defence': Forensic experts testified that the frail Terre'Blanche was bludgeoned to death in his sleep: to this day however the ANC-ruled news media now generally accepts that the false testimony was true, often describing Terre'Blanche as a 'child-rapist'. http://www.neo-genocide.com/farmitracker/reports/view/102

TERREBLANCHE WAS MURDERED BUT HE WAS TURNED INTO KILLER BY ANC PROPAGANDASix Afrikaners innocently arrested: accused of 'killing black youth in revenge of ET-murder and having huge illegal arms cache' - charges dropped:TERREBLANCHE SIX MURDER CHARGE WITHDRAWN BY COURT TERREBLANCHE SIX MEN ILLEGALY ARRESTED BY SAPS CLAIMED ATTACKED BLACK MAN IN REVENGE ET MURDER

June 12 2012 Germiston Magistrate's Court. Tears of relief streamed down the faces of Braam Harmse, 50, his wife Susan, 50, their sons Braam, 20 and Darnie, 19, their son-in-law Chris Duvenage, 25, and Wesley Courtney, 27, as charges of murdering Sibusiso Titimani 15 and of having illegal guns-caches were withdrawn by the magistrate at the Germiston Court. The police 'had egg on their faces', the news media noted, because they had accused the Afrikaners of 'having a large enough arms-cache to wage a war' -- when in fact the 'confiscated guns had been legal pellet guns, used by children to hunt birds with'. The Afrikaners had firm alibis that they had been elsewhere when the alleged murder of the teen had taken place, the magistrate noted. Meanwhile these six Afrikaner men and women were publicly reviled andvery deliberately demonised by the police propaganda - who named them even before they were charged and described them as 'criminal white racists', with the local ANC-members holding heated demonstrations outside the courtroom. All this was widely reported in the national and international news media. The magistrate slammed the ‘ sloppy SAPS investigation’ saying:  “We heard that 'many firearms' were found in your possession, but they were pellet guns. People get so upset they come outside court toyi-toying (*the ANC-war dance) but in the meantime these people have not even been pointed out.  It’s always much better if you hear all the evidence. There is nothing against the accused as it stands. The case is dismissed.'

Afrikaner teacher Robert van Eeden raped in Kuilsrivier police-van: case dropped after the women who lodged charges against him admitted they lied: 

VAN EEDEN Robert 46 raped in Kuilsriver POLICE VAN after false accusation of hugging pupils

Above: On March 9 2012 Kuilsriver primary school teacher Robert van Eeden was gangraped in a police van transporting prisoners in Kuilsrivier, Western Cape after he was arrested on a false claim that he had been ‘hugging pupils’.  The female persons who had the charge admitted that they had lied out of personal malice and revenge towards the teacher -  and his case was quietly dropped in June.

http://www.rapport.co.za/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Onnie-verkrag-in-polisievangwa-20120324

Why are Pretoria cops so violent against Afrikaners and Foreigners? Disabled Boer couple assaulted by racist cops: and Many other incidents:

http://www.boerentrepreneur.com/farmitracker/reports/view/1411

Warning by British Foreign Office after UK citizens raped in South Africa:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-147875/Warning-Briton-raped-South-Africa.html

Dead Boer Walking: Whites Have Rights Too

The unsolved murder by ANC-terrorists of unarmed Farmer Van der Merwe, Buffelsdrift, Potchefstroom, Nov 1, 1978

How 'fictional' is the character of Susan van der Merwe in the book"Dead Boer Walking" by author Renate Ackerman?

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Thirty-five years ago, on Nov 1 1978, Farmer van der Merwe was kidnapped near the Botswana/South Africa border post of Buffelsdrift, Potchefstroom.

  • His widow Susan van der Merwe testified about the trauma suffered by her entire family at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in September 1996, describing how an unnamed  security police source had pointed out the place where 'MK-cadres' who had kidnapped him, had killed her husband. His body was never found. And despite all the 'truth and reconciliation' revelations, the names of his MK-murderers remain a secret to this day... Why is that?

Who kidnapped and killed her farmer-husband near Buffelsdrift, Potchefstroom on Nov 1 1978?

  • Writes Renate Ackerman in her book " Dead Boer Walking : " 'Nobody was more hated amongst black terrorist groups (the 'Boerwatch' unit)  in South Africa than Susan Van Der Merwe. Her investigations into black-racist attacks on whites made her few friends and powerful enemies. In this extraordinary story and first hand account she explains how blacks threatened to kill her if she did not stop her enquires into racist attacks on Boers, how they threatened to kill her friends and family when she refused to be intimidated, and how she ended up the number one target on a black terrorist hit list called Boerwatch. Her most terrifying moment came when she was shot and left for dead outside President Mandela’s house. This is the tale of one woman’s determination to stand up to racism and ethnic cleansing against her community and uphold the conservative values she believes.

TiaMySoa writes on his blog: This  (may be) the same Susan van der Merwe whose husband (a farmer, first name not mentioned) went missing at Buffelsdrift, at the border post between South Africa and Botswana on 1 November 1978. "It was later established, (but only) in 1982, that her husband was murdered by ( *still unknown )MK cadres. Evidence came to light that Farmer van der Merwe (who spoke Tswana fluently) had stopped to pick up a large group of black men walking along the road to Thabazimbi. Once in the car, they pulled out guns and forced the farmer to drive in the opposite direction. They then walked Mr. Van der Merwe out into the bush and executed him, and drove his car to the border. One MK cadre (identified only as Witness X) later led police to the scene, but the body was never found. More details about this incident can be viewed in her testimony and on the website of The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) http://tia-mysoa.blogspot.nl/2011/09/dead-boer-walking.html  Renate Ackerman: Picture:  http://www.volkstaat.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1136:book-dead-boer-walking-by-renate-ackerman&catid=56:latest&Itemid=82

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Susan Van der Merwe's testimony before the Truth and reconciliation was cited at the Traumatic Stress in South Africa conference in January 1999:

Paper presented by authors: HamberB & RWilson (1999): "Symbolic Closure Through Memory, Reparation and Revenge in Post-conflict Societies,:  a paper presented at the "Traumatic Stress in South Africa Conference", hosted by the "Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation" and the "African Society for Traumatic Stress Studies," Johannesburg, South Africa, 27-29 January 1999:

  • How important is it for the family of murder-victims whose bodies were never found, to find out the truth?
  • These authors wrote in their paper at the Traumatic Stress in South Africa conference in January 1999': "How does testifying at hearings relate to feelings of the uncanny and liminality?S peaking at public hearings like those of the SA Truth and Reconciliation Commission can break an enforced silence. (It can) represent a point of closure and transition in the grieving process through interacting with the national symbolic process of the TRC. The widow (...)  leaves behind her grieving phase, shedding the symbols of her liminality. In its reparations policy (which may include personal monetary reparation and symbolic forms like tombstones or monuments), the TRC creates (d) possibilities for the internalisation of loss and Freud's work of mourning (trauerarbeit) that does not exist through legal channels. Without a corpse or a conviction it was often not possible to get compensation legally, but through the TRC it was much easier to obtain a finding (recognition of loss or suffering) and to obtain reparations (symbolic compensation for the loss)."

Did Susan van der Merwe 'find closure' at the TRC? It seems not: she never was able to bury her murdered husband's body...

   "One case which demonstrates a survivor's experience of uncertainty and her quest to resolve liminality through legal and TRC channels is that of Susan van der Merwe of Potchefstroom, a teacher and mother of five (traumatised) children. (Testimony at http://www.justice.gov.za/trc/hrvtrans/klerks/merwe.htm) - 'Susan van der Merwe was married to an Afrikaner farmer who went missing at Buffelsdrift, at the border post between South Africa and Botswana on 1 November 1978. Susan van der Merwe reported at the TRC hearings in Klerksdorp in September 1996 the same kinds of deep uncertainty (as documented by Suarez for victims in Argentina:" 'my whole life was then an uncertainty … and this uncertainty hung over us like a dark cloud. It left such an immense, indescribable feeling of a vacuum that you cannot explain it to anyone else. One's life, your whole life is incomplete'.The uncertainty surrounding her husband's disappearance was worse than knowing that he was dead and placed the family in a liminal state. "The two children at university were 'deeply disturbed' and failed their term exams.  "This state of liminality was material and financial, as well as psychological.

  •    "Susan van der Merwe had no official evidence of her husband's death (and) she could not conduct financial transactions and she was not able to secure loans to buy a house or pay for her childrens' university costs.

She said at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing in Klerksdorp on 23 September 1996:

" At the beginning of 1979, the two children wanted to go and reregister at the university but the bank manager informed me that I did not have any security. The circumstances were that I was completely dependent on my husband. He ran on the financial matters … . It never occurred to me that because of the way in which my husband had died, that if there were any funds available from him, that it would have been taken away from me because we were not married in community of property. Prior to the TRC the case was investigated by the South African security police. Four years later, in 1982, the Supreme Court established the events around the farmer's disappearance. "Through the evidence of a police informer 'Mr. X', the court heard how four umkhonto we sizwe (MK, Spear of the Nation, the 'military wing' of the communist ANC), thirty of their 'combatants' had been walking along the road to Thabazimbi, when Mr van der Merwe stopped and offered them a lift to the next town. "Once in the car, the MK "cadres" pulled out guns and forced the farmer to drive in the opposite direction and they used his car to transport goods. They then walked (the unarmed) Mr. Van der Merwe out into the bush and executed him, and drove his car to the border. "One MK 'cadre' led police to the scene, but the body was never found. For the family of the farmer, the court case resolved only some of their questions:

  • She testified: "After these findings, the Supreme court certified my husband as dead, and this left my children in another vacuum of uncertainty. Why was such a horrendous deed done to my husband which cost him his life? For what purpose, what were they hoping to achieve by that?'

Susan van der Merwe never got the answers to those questions from her husbands' killers, yet, despite opposition from her conservative white community on the West Rand, she explicitly stated that speaking in public in itself was important to her. She needed to present her story and wrestle with its inconsistencies publicly and also to affirm her renunciation of a past of racialised violence." (That was the propaganda anyway). http://www.csvr.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1716%3Asymbolic-closure-through-memory-reparation-and-revenge-in-post-conflict-societies&Itemid=2

 

Susan van der Merwe, Testimony at the TRC hearings, Klerksdorp, 23 September 1996. TRC human rights violations submissions: questions and answers

 23.09.1996 Name of witness: Susan J van der Merwe Case number: 01539 Klerksdorp:

DR RANDERA: While Mrs Van der Merwe is taking her place, I would like to welcome a few other people. We have Senator Rasmani who is sitting next to the Premier - if you will just stand, Sir. Councillor Henry Moleme from Klerksdorp - has he gone out already? Okay. Sandra Mahamba, the chairperson of the Joubertin CPF, Father August Lekhoko, Anglican Church, Kuma. Then we have a number of councillors from Stilfontein, Klerksdorp and Orkney, Joyce Matshayana, Mr Mojobe and Tosa Molempukana. Thank you. We have Father Goleng from Stilfontein, the Anglican Church and Daniel Molema, the deputy-secretary of the ANC. Thank you very much. Mrs Van der Merwe, good morning to you.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Good morning.

DR RANDERA: You had a friend accompanying you, are you sure you don't want him to be there with you on the stage?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: That is not necessary, thank you very much.

DR RANDERA: Thank you. Mrs Van der Merwe, you have come here today to talk about your husband. Adv Denzil Potgieter who is sitting there at the table next to you, is going to be helping you as you tell your story.

But before you do that, will you please stand to take the oath.

SUSAN J VAN DER MERWE: (Duly sworn, states).

DR RANDERA: Thank you, Mrs Van der Merwe, I hand over to Commissioner Potgieter.

ADV POTGIETER: Thank you, Dr Randera. Good morning, ma'am. Welcome here. I would like you to relax and there is absolutely nothing to worry about. The evidence which you will be giving is about the disappearance of your husband, Mr Van der Merwe in 1978. Is that correct?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes.

ADV POTGIETER: Just before you tell us about the disappearance itself, maybe I could put a few questions to you, just to get an idea of your personal circumstances. You are currently living in Potchefstroom, is that correct?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes, at the moment I live in Potchefstroom.

ADV POTGIETER: I wonder if you cannot move the microphone a bit closer to you, to enable us to hear, because we can't all hear you very well if you don't speak into the microphone.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Is that better?

ADV POTGIETER: Yes, that is a bit better, thank you. We were saying that you are currently residing in Potchefstroom. Is that correct?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes.

ADV POTGIETER: But in 1978 at the time when your husband disappeared, you were living in the Thabazimbi region.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes, we lived in that region. The regions are so close to each other, because I was teaching at Swartklip.

ADV POTGIETER: And what was your husband doing?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: At the time we were living in Swartklip.

I have got it all written down in my statement.

ADV POTGIETER: Yes, but I would like you to repeat it in your evidence so that we can hear about the background and so that the audience can hear your evidence and your story. Once again, you will attempt to speak into the microphone. Come as close to the microphone as possible.

You have five children from your marriage to Mr Van der Merwe. Is that correct?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes, that is right.

ADV POTGIETER: Are they all over the age of minority?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: The eldest was 21, my son was 21, my daughter was 19, we had a son of 17, a son of 16 and the youngest was 11 at the time.

ADV POTGIETER: We are talking about an incident that happened approximately 18 years ago.

So at the moment they are all adults.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: I beg your pardon?

ADV POTGIETER: You say at the moment they are all adults.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes, they are all adults.

ADV POTGIETER: And are they self-sufficient?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes, they are independent.

ADV POTGIETER: In 1978, you said that the eldest child was 21 and your second eldest daughter was 19 years old. They were at university at the time.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes, they were at the university at the time.

ADV POTGIETER: And have they completed their studies since?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: My daughter could not complete her studies, the boy, my son was working in the evenings and he was a full-time student, but he used to do part-time work at restaurants and wherever else he could find employment, but my daughter could not and the other children, the youngest one was at primary school and the two others were i high school, but the third child could not proceed with the normal life before they found out what happened to their father. He just couldn't live a normal life.

ADV POTGIETER: Just to go back to the incident itself. On the 1st of November of 1978, that morning was the last occasion on which you actually saw your husband, Mr Van der Merwe.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes, that's right.

ADV POTGIETER: Could you just tell us about the happenings of that morning of the 1st of November 1978?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Do you mind if I read it, please?

ADV POTGIETER: Certainly.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Is that better, can they hear me clearly? On the 1st of November 1978 and the works thereafter, on the 1st of November I saw my husband for the last time. We had breakfast together at the house where we living at the house in Swartklip. At approximately seven o'clock the morning I left home to the school where I was teaching. My husband would have gone to the farm called Doringlaagte that day, a farm which belonged to his mother, because he intended to shoot a goat for us. That farm is approximately 60 kilometres from our home. I was never to see him again.

That same afternoon I received a report that my husband's mother had suddenly passed away. I immediately tried to make arrangements to trace my husband to inform him about the report about his mother's death.

A neighbour at Doringlaagte, Mr Jan Smit, found my (then alive) husband at Doringlaagte and informed him. I was not worried when he did not return home on the evening of the 1st of November, because I assumed that he had gone to his sister's house where his mother was staying, to make the funeral arrangements. It was only five days later that my husband's car was found near the border at Buffelsdrift. At the time of the anxiety, there was an even bigger sad news waiting about my husband. What had happened to my husband? And this uncertainty hung over us like a dark cloud. Excuse me.

I had to compose myself as quickly as possible so that I could support my children. What happened to me and my children since the 1st of November; the uncertainty and the worry about my husband's disappearance was to get worse in the months that followed. There were three possibilities. His disappearance could have been due to a sudden loss of memory or kidnapping or his killing. Thereafter we placed our hopes on the fact that he could possibly have been found alive.

At this stage my children were as old as I had indicated earlier. All of a sudden I was alone and I was responsible for their maintenance. There were no funds, except for my monthly salary which was approximately R600,00 per month. We were expected to survive on that. Two children were at university and three were at school and I had to keep myself together in order to give my children emotional support in a world which had suddenly crushed and fallen apart around them due to the death of their father.

My two eldest children failed their November exams at the Potchefstroom University. The university had understood the position in such a way that they allowed the childrento write supplementary exams. At the beginning of 1979 the two children wanted to go and reregister at the university, but the bank manager informed me that I did not have any security. The circumstances were such that I was completely dependent on my husband. He was the one that was running all the financial matters and from November to January circumstances were such at my house that I did not even think about money. It was a question of trying to survive on a daily basis, from day to day. It never occurred to me that because of the way in which my husband had died, that if there were any funds available from him, that it would have been taken away from me because we were not married in community of property.

The bank manager informed me that I did not have any security and thus I would not have any funds to enable my children to reregister at the university. With the greatest of difficulty and worry, I managed with the assistance of the children to get them to complete their studies, but they could not all do that. I had to remind myself constantly that I should not let my emotions affect my children, and at the same time I had do everything in my power to answer the questions that were running through my mind and try and fill the vacuum that had been left by the disappearance of their father.

This uncertainty and the utter feeling of helplessness that was caused by the disappearance of my husband, was probably worse than receiving news of his death one time. If I could put it this way, it would have been better for me just to hear that he had an accident with a gun or he had a car accident. It would have been better for me to digest the news, but the fact that there was no body even to bury, led to the fact that there was no official evidence of his death. This led to me not being able to conduct financial transactions such as buying a house. The Transvaal education department which I was working for and the financial institutions did not regard me as a breadwinner as such. My whole life was then an uncertainty.

The South African Police's findings of what happened after the 1st of November 1978 in the Supreme Court of South Africa, were that due to he - was due to that, that the investigations had revealed that four Freedom fighters had gone to the region of Thabazimbi in November 1978 and their instruction was to make contact with the farmers there and also identify places where there were possible bases that could be used to their advantage.

An interview with a leading figure with regard to the infiltration figures to Botswana, in the report, someone known as Mr X revealed the following. 'The four Freedom fighters went to stop next to the road and were hiking when a White man in his car appeared on the scene. He stopped for them and they got in the car and they forced him at gun point to go back in the opposite direction from which he had come from and go and load some things.

Thereafter they led him into the bushes, whereafter two of them who were known in the MK unit as Pedro and John Msibe, shot him from behind. Thereafter Pedro turned the White man around who had fallen on his face, turned him around and shot him in his forehead. After these findings the Supreme Court certified my husband as dead, left my children in another vacuum of uncertainty. Why was such a horrendous deed done to my husband, which cost him his life. KLERKSDORP HEARING TRC/GAUTENG

For what purpose, what were they hoping to achieve by that? Mr Chairperson and honourable members of the Truth Commission, you have heard so many stories of horrible deeds. Stories of people who have hurt others without batting an eyelid. You have gone into the hearts and minds of people whose wounds have shattered their lives.

My story and that of my children is but a minor story in comparison with these others for whom we feel sympathy. Our pain is but a mere drop in the ocean of South Africa's suffering. Even if we do not want to use this opportunity to highlight our problems, and looking for sympathy, that is not what we want to do. In doing this we have done that in all the years. That is why I sat and thought about it for a long time before I came to you.

My story is the story about a woman with five children, whose husband was a peace-loving citizen, who, wherever he lived or worked, was also respected by the Blacks in those communities. A man who was killed unnecessarily in a cowardly and cruel manner, while he was helping his murderers. They abused the best of humanity.

I would like to add to this, that my husband had the trust of the local community. He was fluent in Tswana, he was known all over as someone with a big heart, who would not leave a stone unturned in a quest to assist other people. This way he would take Blacks to the hospital if they needed it and some other times he would take his family's food and medication and dish it out where it was necessary.

Now I would like to say to you, that the years that we were living in Botswana, were years of extreme drought. The same as our people are suffering today. People used to come to us, come walking to us. I can remember one particular incident where a father had come, had walked for days with his little daughter until they got to us. The man told my husband that this was his only surviving child and that this child had also taken ill and that he was now looking for help. My husband took all the medicines that the doctors had given to us, because we were living in such a remote area, he took all those medicines and used them to help get that child healthy again. We kept the father and child there until the child was completely recovered.

At another time an entire family turned up on our doorstep, where they were on the road for days, because where they had come from there was no food any longer. Their crops had all failed and they had come to ask my husband for work. My husband showed them that there is nothing on this farm, but at the same time there were extreme problems and the crops were destroyed due to the drought, but in spite of all that, it was a family of seven, and he took that entire family and kept them on the farm. There was no work for them, but he told them that he was keeping them on the farm and that they could eat with us. They would share what we had with us every day and that was the man, that was the man I married, that was my husband.

The Tswanas in the region gave him the nickname RasiTswana, that means father of the Tswanas. Ironically enough, it was his (my husband's fatherly demeanour ) fatherliness that led to his death.

My story wants to put this question to you. Would these people that were responsible for the deed, now that the liberation struggle has been completed, be able to answer us what was achieved by this, who benefited from this, what purpose did it all serve? From a military strategic point of view or from the viewpoint of the struggle, if these questions could contribute to answering the questions of the senselessness of what took place and this one deed in isolation could highlight the folly of what took place then, then this story has a humble contribution to bringing our country to where it is today, and will have made a contribution to the liberation.

If we could learn from this that violence does not provide any answers, and that each and every person that commits violence with a revolver in his hand, could start all over again and just think about the consequences of what a single shot could do.

My submission to you is not a prosecution, Mr Chairperson. I have no need to have anyone prosecuted. My submission is a plea for reason. If your Commission could be put in the state to put our country under the impression of the folly of the violence of the past, then every bit of evidence that could contribute to that, should be submitted to you. If you could find the faults of the system, then it is good, but if you can show that violence is primarily a waste and that it has no part in a system, that would be even better, because we in this country have to show that each and every person has to accept responsibility.

A system cannot be used as an excuse for violence. How else are we supposed to, if we are not to take responsibility for our own deeds, going to take responsibility for others. The Tswanas have an idiom which I learnt from my husband which goes "a person is a person by other people, a person is only a person with other people". We do have this duty to each other. The survival of our

people in this country depends on our co-operation with each other.My plea to you is, help people to throw their weapons away. Ask the State to do this by implementing effective rules, an efficient police force and an efficient judicial service, because no person's life is a waste. Every person's life is far too precious.

My story, Mr Chairperson and Commissioners is but a story of a woman who could not bury her husband because there was no corpse. Thank you very much for having listened to me.

ADV POTGIETER: We would like to say thank you very much to you, Mrs Van der Merwe. We appreciate you having come to share your story with us. I would like to put one or two questions to you.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Certainly.

ADV POTGIETER: It seems as if the actual pain in your experience was the fact that you never really got the remains of your husband, in order for you to bury him.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: That is correct. That left such an immense, indescribable feeling of a vacuum and you cannot explain it to anybody else. One's one life, your whole life is incomplete.

ADV POTGIETER: It is now approximately 18 years after his disappearance, have you accepted now at this stage, that your husband is indeed dead as it became apparent from the investigation of the police as submitted to the Supreme Court?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes, that is correct. The evidence which came to light was sufficient to convince us that he had lost his life and that he was gone.

ADV POTGIETER: Have you reconciled with that and do you accept today that he is dead?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes, I have accepted it, but I would love to receive any of his remains, just to be able to say I have buried him.

ADV POTGIETER: What was the statement made by the police with regards to the fact that they could not find his remains in the area where the MK cadre had shown them where they had shot this person?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: This Mr X, I know some of the people's names today, but this Mr X who was the leader said they did not explain to him precisely where they had left his body, but that they said to him that they left his body where they had shot him. If you know that region or if you know anything about that region, then you will realise that if a person walks in those bushes, you could probably pass a corpse like that approximately two feet from there, because that is how dense that bush is. In spite of the police having looked in that region, they went to the farm Doringlaagte and they fine-combed the area but the people, the employees on the farm who were in the farm, said that that night, the Wednesday evening, it was late afternoon. He had left the farm after he had received the message of his mother's death and they heard his car from camp to camp as he would stop, they would hear the car stopping and starting up again and leaving. So he left the farm, but evidence which surfaced later, showed that he used the Rooibokkraal road and this is where he stopped for these people. It was something natural for him to do. If somebody had to ask him why he stopped, then I would be able to say that it was habit, it was habit for him. We were living in

such a place that the place where we lived was far from Thabazimbi and he would have assumed that the people were on their way to Thabazimbi, and that is why he would have stopped for them, to grant them the opportunity, a lift, to get them a lift to Thabazimbi. That is what he would have done.

ADV POTGIETER: You spoke about what things were like there. What about wild animals with regards to his remains.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Could you please repeat the question?

ADV POTGIETER: What is the situation with regard to wild animals in that region?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: There are many wild animals.

ADV POTGIETER: And what would happen to the remains that get left in the veld?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: It is improbable that a corpse like that would remain there, so that there is quite a good chance that the wild animals would then eat the remains, yes.

ADV POTGIETER: How old was your husband when he disappeared?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: He was 57 years old.

ADV POTGIETER: And was he politically active or militarily inclined?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: No, not at all. One of the things that surfaced in the matter was that he did not take part in politics at all. We lived in Botswana for years and even when we came back to the Republic he did not participate in any political activity. He was merely a farmer.

ADV POTGIETER: And just one last question. What happened to the ... (farm?)

He was a vegetable farmer here and he was not happy with it, because livestock farming was part of his life.

"He grew up with livestock farming and he wanted to go back to Botswana to go and do livestock farming once again, and that is why he sold the farm. He always spoke about specifically about the farm which we had in Botswana. He used to speak about God's own country, because this land was so unscathed and he was somebody that loved the open veld, and that he would always say that for him it is the most wonderful thing to farm with livestock, because that is God's own country.

ADV POTGIETER: And the fact of the whole matter is that the disappearance of your husband left you in financial difficulty? It left you financially stranded, even though were earning a salary as a teacher.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes, my salary at that stage - I taught merely to earn extra income, because we could not maintain our family on that, so it was merely to help.

ADV POTGIETER: Just lastly, psychologically speaking, what is the position with your children, were there any psychological scars that have been left in their lives or have they reconciled with the fact that your husband has disappeared in the probable circumstances as you have sketched here?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: I would say that some of my children reconciled well with the fact but others were not able to work through this whole thing. A lot of them are independent people, as I said, some of them were extremely affected, deeply disturbed by the whole thing. So much so that some of them could not even complete their studies, some of them could. As I said, although today you can still that there are emotional scars with some of them, but some of them have managed the whole thing a bit better.

ADV POTGIETER: Thank you, ma'am, I have no further questions.

CHAIR: We have listened to everything you have said, thank you very much. Are there any questions? Dr Randera?

DR RANDERA: Mrs Van der Merwe, I would like to from myself, commend you in the way you have come forward today in an honest and open way and without any malice whatsoever. Shall I repeat what I said?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: I do understand Afrikaans, but I can't hear it all the time.

DR RANDERA: Shall I repeat what I said?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Please put it in English.

DR RANDERA: Afrikaans is on one.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: I do understand English, it did not come through very clearly.

DR RANDERA: Did you hear me, ma'am?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes.

DR RANDERA: Mrs Van der Merwe, I just want to come to my question which is that it seems that this issue of the MK soldiers involved or allegedly involved, hinges around the testimony of a Mr X, who happened to be an ANC person himself at the time. Could you please tell us the name of the security policeman who was involved in investigating this issue, the death of your husband?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: The security policeman who took the statement was Jan Karel Coetzee.

CHAIRPERSON: Yasmin Sooka?

MS SOOKA: I would just like to ask you, you talk about the information that you were given, being given to you at court. Ma'am, the facts which were given to you, at court, did you get all the facts at court?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: I saw this in the report, I had this in the report from the police, it was in 1982. I cannot remember the date too well, when I applied for a report regarding his death and at the time of his certification of death. After the certification of death the police, in fact the attorney who did this for me, sent me the police report.

MS SOOKA: (Speaker's mike not on).

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Yes, that is correct.

MS SOOKA: What was his name, ma'am?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: It was the firm Dyason & Odendaal who were acting for me. They are today known as Dyason only.

MS SOOKA: (Speaker's mike not on) ... this question, because you are using the name Mr X. It seems that the person who is probably testifying in the capacity as an informer, and I would just like to know if you know anything about what actually transpired when Mr X gave his evidence?

MRS VAN DER MERWE: The only information which I have is what was in the report. I do not have any - I never saw the person, except for what was written in the report. That is the information which I have.

MS SOOKA: Thank you, ma'am.

CHAIR: Mrs Van der Merwe, firstly I would like to say that we appreciate the fact that you have come to come and give evidence here and also, we would like to express our sympathy towards you and your family. It is, one could say, it is, but in English they say that it easy to praise someone that is fasting on a full stomach, because you do not feel the pain and suffering, the pain and the suffering is not yours, it is that of the other person. But I hope that the feeling itself when you gave evidence here, that

you felt that people in the audience sympathised with you. The first witness whom we heard this morning, spoke in the same vein, about if only they could find the remains of their son, that they would like to be able to bury him. Here you come along and I believe that it is something wonderful for our country, to be able to experience and accept the fact that we are all but human, Black or White, we all feel the same pain, we all feel the same anguish. When you said here that a person can only be a person by other people, for all the people here to hear that, they are all standing with you. We hope that the truth will surface one day, about what exactly happened to your husband.

We would also like to say that we appreciate the fact that you are not bearing any grudges, and that you could say the way you did, that your story is about pain and you say that it is but a drop in the ocean, when one takes into account the other pain which so many of our other people experienced.

The fact remains, it is still pain, it is your pain, it is something that happened to you and we pray firstly, that God will annoint the wounds with His Holy Spirit and soothe it in that way, and in that way bring about healing. But also, that now that we have a new system, that we all will be determined that things like these, which you have told us about, will not happen again in our country. That each and everyone of us will say I have decided that I will work with everyone who wants to rid this country of violence and keep it out of this country.

Thank you very much for what you have said about weapons and so forth, and we hope that those who have heard your evidence will take cognisance of it. Thank you very

much. Thank you.

MRS VAN DER MERWE: Thank you very much.

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