Wednesday, February 15, 2012

South Africa's bloody freedom

Barbara Simpson, "The Babe in the Bunker,"
as she's known to her KSFO 560 radio talk-
show audience in San Francisco, has a 20-year
 radio, TV and newspaper career in the Bay
Area and Los Angeles

It’s sad. A once prosperous country with a thriving economy is turning into a bloody mess and sliding into a 21st century Third-World status.

No, not Zimbabwe, which after becoming “free” devolved into chaos, starvation and economic helplessness under its “elected” dictator, Robert Mugabe.

It echoes Iraq, now that it’s “free” and has “elections” and, of course, there’s the ongoing “Arab Spring” touted by the U.S. and the West as a move to democracy and freedom.

The one person I’ve met who has the clearest vision of the truth about South Africa, before and after apartheid, and the implications for the United States is writer, commentator and, yes, philosopher of reality, Ilana Mercer.

She lays it out in explicit and, quite honestly, frightening detail in her new book, “Into the Cannibal’s Pot – Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa.”

Mercer’s book sees the patterns in the dissolution of a government and a country supposedly on the road to democracy as the politicians and power brokers embraced socialism/Marxism. She doesn’t pull any punches, whether writing about blacks or whites.

Mercer was born in South Africa and lived there until the 1960s, when her father, Rabbi Ben Isaacson, moved the family to Israel because of harassment by the apartheid government.
In the ’80′s, she returned to South Africa. She married, had a child and then emigrated to Canada. Ultimately, the family settled in the United States.

I was especially interested in her book because I’ve been to South Africa twice, not as a tourist, but spending time with people who live there, talking with them, seeing how they live, reading local newspapers and seeing it, not through rose-colored glasses, but as it is. It led me to pursue the horrors of Zimbabwe as well. The pattern is clear and almost identical.
Unfortunately, the blindness of our country continues, most recently with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg traveling in Africa.

She visited Tunisia and especially Egypt, where she aimed to “listen and learn” as that country makes a “constitutional transition to democracy.”

Has she seen the rioting, burning and beating as the Arab Spring “flowered”?

During an interview with Al Hayat Egyptian television, Ginsburg ventured her opinion and advice to Egyptians as to how to structure their new constitution.

This woman, a justice on the United States highest court, who took the oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” advised Egypt not to pattern its government after ours.

Ginsburg said she “would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. …”

She said they should use South Africa’s constitution as a model.

Leaving aside the propriety of her demeaning her own country, it’s clear her South African sympathies blinded her from the reality of that “free” country.

Has she seen South African crime statistics? There are more than 50 murders a day. It leads the world in child and baby rapes, to say nothing of adult rapes. The number of white farmers and their families, including children, targeted, brutally tortured and sadistically murdered on their own farms or in their own houses, some 4,000 since apartheid ended in 1994, literally making farming in South Africa the most dangerous occupation in the world. Car-jackings are a daily occurrence with drivers frequently kidnapped and murdered. Commonplace home invasions and robberies force people to live like prisoners in homes protected by walls, electric fences, trained dogs, hired guards, alarm systems, motion detectors inside and out, safe rooms and, if they’re able, weapons – although they’re illegal.

I’ll never forget the South African newspaper report I read while I was there. It was about a white driver carjacked by blacks, taken from his car and thrown off a cliff before his car was stolen.

So much for a modern constitution governing a free country. Words on paper mean nothing if the rule of law doesn’t work. Clearly, South Africa, no matter what government press releases or the travel brochures say, is a dangerous country for visitors, businesses and for its own citizens, regardless of skin color.

The overall body count in that country since the people were “freed” from white rule is estimated to be more than 300,000 and increasing every year. There’s black-on-white crime, black-on-black crime and black-on-every-other-skin-color crime. It’s crime often perpetuated with police and government acquiescence. So much for life under “free black rule.” Corruption is corruption.

The enormity of what’s happened in South Africa since Nelson Mandela took power after apartheid may be shocking in its violence, but it didn’t surprise Mercer. She knows history and sees the transition from the goal of democratic freedom to the form of dictatorship and slavery existing there now.

In introducing her book, Ilana Mercer calls it “Rambo Nation,” and she doesn’t pull punches:
“When South Africa was governed by a racist white minority, it was scorned by the West and treated as Saddam Hussein was, with boycotts and sanctions. Now that a racist, black-majority government controls the country; that it is as violent as Iraq, Liberia, or the Congo and rapidly becoming another Islamist-friendly, failed African state, it is the toast of the West.”
Mercer’s book shows the dissolution of a government and country supposedly on the road to democracy as the politicians and power brokers embraced socialism/Marxism. She sees parallels in our country.

Ironically, Feb. 11, was the 22nd anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison and the beginning of his elevation to the presidency and now, virtual sainthood.

Nothing negative can be written about him, and world media are complicit in the massive, politically correct cover-up of the gradual destruction of that country.

But Mercer lays it all out. If you can handle the truth, read her book. She is one brave woman.

And the Killings Continue

This is a 10 minutes extract from the stunning documentary 'War of the Flea' from director Rian van der Walt published in 2011. It contains shocking information on the genocide that is being carried out under ANC-rule in the 'new' South-Africa against the white minority of the 'Afrikaners' by farm killings or 'plaasmoorde'. It was shown at an international conference in the European Parliament in februari 2012, in the presence of farmers' spokesman Henk Van de Graaf and hosted by Philip Claeys, member of the European Parliament for the Vlaams Belang-party. The full movie is 93minutes. Did you see it already on your TV-screen? We neighter. Compare this to the worldwide hysteria in the time of 'apartheid' and draw your own conclusions... (Note: 'war of the flea' means 'guerilla warfare').

Please visit the Youtube-channel of the makers:

(NL) Dit is een schokkend deel van de Engelstalige reportage 'War of the Fleas' over de genocide op blanke boeren in Zuid-Afrika onder het ANC-regime. Zag u het op uw TV? Wij ook niet... Vergelijk dit even met de mediahysterie ten tijde van de apartheid... Een vertaling in het Nederlands wordt voorbereid.

Buthelezi V Zuma

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Buthelezi warns Zuma on corruption

14 February, 2012
"Corruption is the bane of our country," he said during debate in the National Assembly on last week's state of the nation address.

Buthelezi described corruption as a fundamental threat to South Africa's constitutional democracy.

"Yet, sir, you shy away from this issue."

He said a measure of Zuma's leadership could be taken less by what the president had said than by what he had not said.

"How can we embrace hope when our leadership refuses to acknowledge the many problems confronting our country, or the causes that lie at their root? Year after year, the state of the nation address shifts, without ever addressing previous failures."

Buthelezi said it was an "unspoken fact" that corruption had resulted in the axing of two ministers, Sicelo Shiceka and Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

"The national police commissioner, Mr Bheki Cele, is still suspended pending an investigation into corruption.

"The Speaker of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, Ms Peggy Nkonyeni, and MEC Mr Mike Mabuyakhulu are facing corruption charges in court," he said.

Two of the nine provinces had "all but collapsed" and the administration of the state was "in shambles".

"Limpopo has been rendered bankrupt through corrupt activities and five of its departments have been taken over by national government....

"In the Eastern Cape, the education system has completely collapsed due to maladministration and corruption, forcing national government to intervene."

In Gauteng, the provincial government had sought help from the National Treasury for its health department, which was on the verge of collapse.

The Free State had sought help after discovering financial mismanagement and non-compliance in supply chain processes in its police roads and transport department.

"How, Mr President, do we explain the contamination of public service and commercial interests? It is fatal and yet pursued relentlessly from the lowest to the highest levels of government.

"Too many, and I dare say the overwhelming majority, are trying to make money on account of holding public office, being in politics or exercising public power."

Last year, Special Investigating Unit head Willie Hofmeyr told MPs that 20 percent of South Africa's procurement budget -- between R25 billion and R30 million -- was lost to corruption each year.

"According to Transparency International's 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index, South Africa is perceived to be becoming more corrupt with each passing year."

This perception was rooted in reality.

"On a scale of 0 (being highly corrupt) to 10 (being very clean), we have fallen from a ranking of 5.1 in 2007, to 4.1 in 2011.

"The unspoken fact is that we are on the verge of joining the ranks of dysfunctional states, as the effects of corruption debilitate all spheres of life," Buthelezi said.

The IFP leader, who turns 84 this year, also criticised Zuma for his support, last Thursday, of the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu).

"Mr President, you praise the trade unions, and even Sadtu, as if they should be thanked for doing less than the full measure of their destructive capabilities.

"Praising the SA Democratic Teachers' Union for its diligent teachers was a step too far in placating the unions."

The ANC-aligned union continued to act like an organisation "hell-bent on destroying the future of our children", and should be rebuked, not praised, for its actions, he said, to cries of support from opposition benches.

"Instead of acting like responsible educators, some members of Sadtu have, on numerous occasions, proven themselves irresponsible, unprofessional and unfit to educate South Africa's learners."

Buthelezi also suggested that the ruling party was too close to the country's four major banks.

"Another major policy mistake is maintaining the four retail bank policy and tolerating the collusion and other restraints of trade openly practised by our banks."

A lack of "real competition" meant they were not forced to take risks they did not want to take, forcing all the "risky business" onto the Industrial Development Corporation and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

"It would seem as if your government, Mr President, has a greater commitment to serving the banks than the people we represent."

On the economy, Buthelezi said Zuma had not explained how two sectors that should be booming as a result of high international demand --agriculture and mining -- were "in reverse due to government's many policy failures".

Another unspoken fact was that the latest Global Competitiveness Rankings of the World Economic Forum highlighted how corruption, wasteful expenditure and government red-tape was increasingly hindering business development, SMMEs and investment in South Africa.

Buthelezi said there was a "disconnect" between the government and the reality of everyday life in South Africa.

He told Zuma his address had lacked accountability.

"[It] lacked accountability on the crisis in health, the crisis of education and the crisis of corruption.

"What you have said looks good on paper, but what you have not said can prevent the fulfilment of the best-laid plans."