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Update: South Africa Farm Attacks

27th March 2018


http://news.searchsa.co.za/news/hermanus-land-grabs-rubber-bullets.html 
 
http://www.faithwire.com/2018/03/21/teaching-whites-a-lesson-one-white-farmer-is-being-killed-every-five-days-in-south-africa-after-controversial-land-reform-proposal/ 
 
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155278085342256&id=704017255&refid=17&ref=opera_speed_dial&_ft_=top_level_post_id.903613963140752%3Atl_objid.903613963140752%3Athrowback_story_fbid.903613963140752%3Athid.100004764700088%3A306061129499414%3A2%3A0%3A1522565999%3A-4065382919202120940&__tn__=C-R 
 
Hermanus yesterday..my peaceful town no more.. total anarchy:-
 
http://news.searchsa.co.za/news/hermanus-land-grabs-rubber-bullets.html 
 
They are grabbing land illegally all over SA. The problem is the EFF.  It's complicating to understand what's their motif. They are revolutionary Communists who wants to grab the land of every white man as they believe we stole it... During the Settler wars. The EFF is unstable, erratic, volatile, dangerous. The EFF followers (comrades as they call themselves) have been given as task to do. The task is to grab every white man's land by force! This is happening right now as we're speaking.
 
The EFF followers don't work and many are Tsotsis only wanting to steal grab or murder. They were given the instruction by their master Julius Malema to 'kill the boer' which is now happening. Terrible crimes are committed. You only have to go online to see these atrocities!. They don't and won't reach your newspapers as the ANC has control.
 
Now the big problem that we are having is that we fear the ANC is divided, half of the NEC cabinet is leaning towards the EFF. The NEC cabinet is responsible for the serious decision making in SA, and now naturally empowers the EFF, FUNDING them, etc. Cyril Ramaphosa keeps mum on this and if it carries on in this way, there will be nationwide anarchy within weeks!!!
 
I don't know if our president is under pressure from the the pro Malema (EFF) NEC board. SA needs help... I fear we are going to become another Zimbabwe. We are 4.5 million whites only. We are easy targets. Our lives are endangered by violence, murder, robberies...It's escalating to an alarming rate!
 
http://www.faithwire.com/2018/03/21/teaching-whites-a-lesson-one-white-farmer-is-being-killed-every-five-days-in-south-africa-after-controversial-land-reform-proposal/ 
 
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155278085342256&id=704017255&refid=17&ref=opera_speed_dial&_ft_=top_level_post_id.903613963140752%3Atl_objid.903613963140752%3Athrowback_story_fbid.903613963140752%3Athid.100004764700088%3A306061129499414%3A2%3A0%3A1522565999%3A-4065382919202120940&__tn__=C-R 
 
The following article is about the municipality planning land grabs of farmland in Bothaville. Many of the farmlands have already been occupied..The Freedom Front Plus is a party fighting for the rights of our farmers and community at large:-
 
https://www.slaanterugsa.org.za/bothaville-hoor-van-gevare-van-onteiening-sonder-vergoeding/
 
I have not forwarded any news on farm murders. It does not get much coverage, except for Facebook and Twitter. I will now send a link to a FB page called 'Farm killings in South Africa'. There are many pages with similar articles. These pages are created to help one another. The mother who started this page, has a son who was shot on a farm by an intruder. He is bound to a wheelchair.
 
https://m.facebook.com/groups/682138095251382?refid=18&ref=opera_speed_dial&_ft_=qid.6537555467242639531%3Amf_story_key.1237290196402833%3Atop_level_post_id.1237290196402833%3Atl_objid.1237290196402833%3Asrc.22&__tn__=C-R
 
I regularly forward articles to the BBC news, and I WhatsApp them.  They read the articles. Also the Independent and Fox24.
 
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We can't wait for Parliament's go-ahead before expropriating land without compensation - Nkoana-Mashabane.
 
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says she is preparing for a test case to expropriate land without compensation.
 
Speaking at the National Forum for Dialogue on Land, Heritage and Human Rights in Johannesburg on Tuesday, she said that her department would not wait for the completion of the constitutional review process in Parliament, expected to happen in August.
 
"We cannot wait for Parliament," Nkoana-Mashabane said.
 
"If we need to expropriate your land, we are going to do that, because it is in the Constitution… there are elements that say, if you live in Brussels and you are using the land that should feed my children for speculation, we will do that," she said.
 
The National Forum brought together government, business and legal experts to discuss the emotive issue of land expropriation without compensation, following a parliamentary motion to review section 25 of the Constitution.
 
The Economic Freedom Fighters, who first put forward the motion that was later amended by the ANC, want section - which deals with property rights - amended and for the state to own all land.
 
Contributors at the dialogue included Minerals Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, Constitutional Review Committee member Mathole Motshekga, advocate Thembeka Ngcukaitobi, farmers and members of the African Farmers Association of South Africa.
 
Nkoana-Mashabane said her department had already identified the land that they would expropriate. She, however, would not disclose where it was, arguing that it would warn the affected owners to prepare for a legal challenge.
 
"If I tell you now, you going to have some spanners put on the wheel and make my life a little bit difficult. Let me act on the things I need to act on, and then let’s move on.
 
'We should put Constitution to the test'
 
"Some are going to offer to be lawyers to help defend those people, and I would have started a problem and not a solution for myself, and I refuse to do that," she said.
 
Nkoana-Mashabane added that there were elements of the Constitution that already allowed for expropriation of land without compensation, which the previous ANC administration had not used. She said they now had the "will" to go ahead.
 
"We should always put this book we love so much, called the Constitution, to the test to serve our people," she said.
 
The ANC was deeply divided over the issue ahead of its December elective conference, that eventually adopted the resolution to expropriate land without compensation, with some arguing that it was not necessary to tamper with the Constitution.
 
Nkoana-Mashabane said it was unacceptable that, after 24 years of democracy, and R50bn in government expenditure on land restitution, land ownership patterns had not yet changed, with majority of land still owned by white people.
 
She called for law enforcement agencies to act against land grabs currently underway, although she added that illegal occupation of land had been sparked by desperation, especially in urban areas.
 
https://m.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/we-cant-wait-for-parliaments-go-ahead-before-expropriating-land-without-compensation-nkoana-mashabane-20180327 
 
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Support from Australian Minister Peter Dutton
 
Recent news from Australia in support of the white farmers:-
https://www.thesouthafrican.com/peter-dutton-white-sa-farmers-visa/
 
https://m.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/controversial-australian-minister-peter-dutton-the-next-prime-minister-or-the-great-divider-20180322
 
https://m.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/australian-minister-dutton-pushes-ahead-with-white-sa-farmer-plan-says-critics-are-dead-to-me-20180322
 
On Sunday there was a march in Brisbane in support of SA farmers:-
 
https://www.thesouthafrican.com/brisbane-march-south-african-farmers/
 
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There have been 3 farm attacks so far today, and only in one area of SA. 
 
1. Attack in Bokfontein Mooinooi, Brits town
2. Attack in Nigel Devonpad
3. Kuruman Nigel, farm's name, Witkop. One person died.
 
Another news article for today which is not pleasant:-
 
https://roodepoortrecord.co.za/2018/03/27/well-rape-your-baby-armed-robber-tells-mother/#.Wrogz8cqVMw.facebook 
 
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A good article to read and get a better understanding of today's farm life in SA:-
 
‘Letter from a farmer’s wife
 
For quite some time I have struggled with the idea of writing this letter – should I or shouldn’t I? 
 
Would I be stirring, getting bad feedback and criticism in return? Be that as it may, I am convinced I am not the only woman in South Africa feeling this way. I know this, numerous documentaries and videos have driven me to tears for no other reason than my complete understanding of the plight of the female character.
 
I am married to a chicken farmer. Our son is eight months old and we stay on a farm.
 
A farm. Growing up on a farm was something we all wished for. Raising children on a farm even more so. With the ability to play for hours outside, only to go home when you are hungry. Today, as it is, living on a farm is no longer moonlight and roses. We are familiar with the views and perspectives held by men, but I want to share, as a farmer’s wife, what it is like living currently on a farm in South Africa.
 
I do not consider myself a “boervrou” (female farmer) since I do not know what it takes to farm on a daily basis. Although I do not deserve to be called a female farmer I am proud to be called “a farmer’s wife”.
 
All women and mothers have fears of their own. But we share a common fear – the fear for our own lives, and the lives of our husbands and children. As a farmer’s wife you know the gratitude of waking up in the morning, spared overnight from eight armed men raping your little girl or burning your little boy with boiling water. You know what it feels like to see your husband’s face in the morning, knowing that you have survived another night.
 
You get up, take your pistol from under your pillow and attach it with a two-way radio to your belt. Then you walk to the bedroom door, switch off the alarm, unlock the door, unlock the security gate to you bedroom, check if all the doors and windows are still locked and check on the dogs to see if they are all alive and well. Only then do you go to the kitchen to put on the kettle.
 
The whole day you spend locked up indoors. Your mantra is: “They come to get you when you expect it least.” Hence you do not venture outside. And if you have to go outside, you ensure that the children are in the house, that you have your weapon and the radio on you. You water the garden with one eye over your shoulder. (It is easy to be overpowered when you are gardening.) Closer to five o’clock you start to close windows and pull the curtains, to prevent people from seeing what is happening inside. At eight you do a radio test to establish the safety (for now) of the other farmers in the area.
 
Before going to bed we switch on and off lights in different rooms to mislead onlookers. We try not to follow a specific routine. We do not watch TV in the TV lounge but do so behind doors and security gates in our bedroom in order to gain something of a warning should they enter through the garage or the kitchen.
 
When feed, maize or chickens are reported stolen and your husband is called out, you spend the hours praying for his safe return – without showing any sign of fear or worry in order not to upset the children. To them you say: “Everything is okay, there is no reason for panic. Don’t fear….” I would rather fear and contemplate the worst case scenario than for these innocent souls to fully understand what is really going on.
 
Although I have created a beautiful room while still being pregnant with our son, he sleeps with us in our bedroom. He is sleeping with us. What if I cannot get to him quick enough? Or if they use him against my husband and me? Where do I hide him? In which wardrobe do I hide him and how do I ensure that he keeps silent? How does one plead that they could do with you what they please as long as they leave him in peace?
 
We are not discussing land expropriation. This might be regarded as an unpopular thing to say, but my husband and child are too dear to me to give them up for a piece of land. What value does land have if they are no longer there to share the success? I would rather emigrate to Australia and adjust to other people’s customs than to attend the funeral of my loved ones (should I be the survivor). As my brother in law argues: “I would rather visit my brother in another country than to visit his grave.”
 
I suppose we all have to decide for ourselves. These are my views. I will not hesitate for a single moment to relocate if that means that I can ensure for my child a fair chance on a future. It is sad to think I will have to leave behind my country, my family and friends. But one has to do what you think is the right thing, and what your heart tells you to do. Otherwise you end up with “what if” or “I should have” should something happen.
 
These are a few of my fears as the wife of a farmer currently living on a farm in South Africa. I am certain I am not the only one feeling this way, and I know so many women have experienced this, and worse. Today I say this to you, wife of a farmer, “I salute you”. I take off my hat to every single woman who have to endure this just because she is living on a farm in South Africa.
 
My thoughts are with you. My prayers are that you, your husband and your children will be spared for yet another day.
 
Love from
A farmers’ wife'
 
The writer prefers to stay anonymous, for her own safety and that of her family.
 
This letter was originally published on Maroela Media, on 23 March 2018:-
http://www.politicsweb.co.za/opinion/this-is-what-life-on-our-farm-is-now-like
 

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