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ISIS In South Africa: A Breeding Ground For Financing Global Terrorism |RN

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Following the kidnapping of a British couple in KwaZulu-Natal earlier this month, the British government has warned its citizens of a legitimate terror threat from extremists linked to ISIS in South Africa (SA). The British report highlighted the security risk posed by South African nationals who have travelled to Iraq, Syria and Libya to receive training and indoctrination, and the danger they present upon their return. The seriousness of this report emphasizes the result of the ongoing presence of violent extremist elements in SA in recent years, and the circumstances that have allowed it to blossom.

Among the most salient impediments to effective recognition and prevention of terror activity in SA is the popular opinion that such threats simply do not apply, as terrorists have not yet carried out attacks within the country borders. In June 2016, for example, both the U.S. Mission to SA and the U.K. warned their citizens against attacks targeting places where foreigners congregate, by ISIS militants. Responding to the alert, SA Minister of State Security David Mahlobo claimed that, “we remain a strong and stable democratic country and there is no immediate danger posed by the alert.” With that said, representatives of EXX Africa, a specialist intelligence consultancy, alleged that “there is ample evidence to suggest that South Africa is a long-established and preferred thoroughfare for international terrorist organizations.” Tellingly, Mahlobo himself acknowledged that “a growing number of South Africans were associating themselves with terrorist organizations.” In fact, SA has been moving steadily upwards in the Global Terrorism Index, which measures incidents of terrorism geographically, climbing from a rank of 140 out of 162 in 2010, to 47th place in 2017.

These troubling facts were officially recognized by the SA government who, in November 2016, publicly stated that ISIS has been using SA as a “logistics hub and hideout,” and that the government has identified foreign militant “sleeper cells” in their territory. A 2016 report by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), pointed to several Islamist fighters with South African passports who had been apprehended. This included top al-Qaeda militant Fazul Abdullah Mohammed (who was killed in 2011), and the infamous “White Widow,” Samantha Lewthwaite, who was married to one of the terrorists responsible for the 7/7 bombings in London, and lived in Johannesburg under a false SA passport while an Interpol warrant sought her arrest. ISS has further pointed out that SA is so appealing to ISIS because recruits tend to come from average-income families with little need for additional support, and the ease with which South Africans can travel without arousing suspicion.

Among the strongest indications of the simmering extremism that has taken root in SA can be observed from 2015 reports that 140 young South Africans had travelled to ISIS territory to join the group.Al-Shabab

Though initially dismissed, 11 of these youth returned home months later to share their experiences. This provided a chilling example of so-called “terror-travel,” and served as evidence of this phenomenon making its way from established areas of extremism such as in Northern Africa and the Maghreb, to sub-Saharan Africa. As South Africans would inevitably comprise the largest number of extremist fighters in the south, it is rapidly becoming the most important country in the region for ISIS, especially now that their bases in Iraq and Syria have been effectively destroyed.

If one were to take a step further back, however, the truth is much more disturbing. While there has not been a serious terror attack in SA since the bombings by People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (PAGAD) in Cape Town in the 1990’s, there are continuous links between SA and violent, extremist international organizations. Since the 1990’s, Iran-backed Hezbollah has run training camps in SA, and there is proof of al-Qaeda’s presence there dating to 1997, taking advantage of the lax counter-terrorism policy in the country. Hussein Solomon, a senior professor at the University of Free State’s Political Studies Department, has elaborated on the key roles SA has played in global terror networks since the 1990’s. According to Solomon, “the 2007 London bombers got their orders to launch their attack from a terror cell in Johannesburg,” and that an al-Shabaab terrorist attack against U.S. and U.K. teams and supporters during the 2010 World Cup, was only foiled “after a cellphone call from South Africa was intercepted by US authorities monitoring al-Shabaab in Somalia.”

Another serious risk confronting SA is the threat of seemingly legitimate organizations who are aligned with and support the activities of violent extremist groups. One of the most compelling examples is the Al-Aqsa Foundation. The Foundation is registered with the Department of Social Development with a focus on providing aid to Palestinians, and is an ardent and vocal supporter of the BDS SA movement, an organization that claims to be a peaceful, non-violent movement, but are actually strong supporters of extreme Islamic groups and violence against citizens that oppose their cause. In SA, the BDS movement serves as a breeding ground for youth indoctrination and recruitment towards such support, dominantly on university campuses.

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The Foundation is also a known member of the Union of Good, a charity coalition headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader and internationally wanted terrorist Yussuf Qaradawi. In 2003, the Foundation was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. and U.K. due to its fundraising for Hamas, which continues to happen in SA in conjunction with the BDS SA movement. Moreover, Germany banned it in 2002, the Netherlands froze the group’s assets in 2003 and Denmark has charged three members of the Foundation with supporting terrorism. Even in SA, the Foundation ultimately had its activities with two South African banks suspended in 2013 for funnelling money to the extremist group, Hamas.

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It may, therefore, be understood that, though SA has managed to avoid being a theatre for violent extremist and militant Islamist attacks, it has served as a “launch site” for some of the most radical international organizations. The lack of modern legislative mechanisms to confront such activities, and the absence of dedicated task forces to uproot them, have left SA vulnerable to exploitation, particularly by organizations registered in SA under false pretence, which claim to be “peaceful, and non-violent”. However, one should recognise that funding terror falls in the same category as committing it. As long as SA remains a popular thoroughfare for the logistical, financial and strategic elements of terror planning, the risks of an attack in-country, and of the continued recruitment of South African youth to violence, will only increase. (Israellink.co.za)

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New South African President, Ramaphosa, Vows To Fight Corruption |RN

• Pledges not to disappoint citizens

South Africa’s new president yesterday pledged to tackle endemic corruption and supervise mismanagement in state-owned enterprises

Cyril Ramaphosa, 65,  also promised to work hard “not to disappoint the people of South Africa.” He was elected president in a parliamentary vote yesterday after the resignation of scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma, 75,  on orders from the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

Ramaphosa will serve out the remainder of Zuma’s term until 2019 elections. Seen as an ally of Zuma, Ramaphosa was appointed deputy president in 2014. Zuma resigned on Wednesday after years of scandals that damaged the stature of the ruling African National Congress party.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presided over the swearing-in ceremony at the presidential office in Cape Town. Mogoeng congratulated Ramaphosa and shook his hand as onlookers applauded. Mogoeng had earlier read out the former president’s resignation letter.

Opposition leaders, however, said the ruling party protected Zuma for years despite scandals and would be unable to effectively root out corruption within its own ranks. Ramaphosa also said one of the first things he wants to do is have a meeting with the leaders of other political parties “so we can try and find a way of working together.” He said he will outline his policies in a state of the nation address tomorrow evening.

Ramaphosa was the only candidate nominated for election in the parliament after opposition parties said they would not participate. ANC has a majority in the 400-member parliament The opposition instead unsuccessfully called for the dissolution of the National Assembly and early elections. They said ANC party plan to elect a new president was “illegitimate.”

The Democratic Alliance said that the parliament should be dissolved and new national elections should be held because the ruling party-dominated assembly failed to hold Zuma to account for alleged corruption. Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFFP) has made a similar statement.

Zuma said in a 30-minute farewell address to the nation he disagreed with the way the ANC had thrust him toward an early exit after Ramaphosa replaced him as party president, but would accept its orders. Observers said Zuma’s departure late on Wednesday provided evidence of the strength of South Africa’s democratic institutions, from the courts to the media and the constitution.

Zuma, a former member of the ANC’s military wing in the days of apartheid, rose through the ranks of the party to become president. He led the country for more than a third of its time after apartheid.

“Defiant in defeat” and “Going, Going, Gone” were among the newspaper headlines that captured Zuma’s unwillingness to leave. “South Africa’s long nightmare is over,” read the headline from online political news website Daily Maverick. The EFF, which has six percent of the seats in parliament, had sponsored a no-confidence motion in Zuma that would have gone ahead yesterday had Zuma not jumped.

The rand, which has gained ground whenever Zuma ran into political turbulence, soared to a near three-year high against the dollar on word of his resignation. South Africa’s main stock market index jumped nearly 4 percent and headed for its biggest one-day gain in more than two years as investors hailed Zuma’s exit after nine years in office rife with allegations of sleaze and mismanagement.

Ratings agency Moody’s said it was closely monitoring developments in South Africa, focusing on the policy implications of Zuma’s political demise.

The S&P Global agency said South Africa’s sovereign credit ratings and outlook will not be immediately affected by the change of the country’s leadership.

…Faces uphill task

President Cyril Ramaphosa raised the hope of South Africans when he vowed to steer the country from the turmoil that has hurt the economy and briefly sent it into recession last year.

However he faces an uphill task in three areas: Corruption has ruptured the economic structures of the country with both local and foreign investors losing confidence in the system; the 2019 general elections poses another major challenge with a divided ANC which lost key municipalities including Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria in 2016; youth restiveness and xenophobia attacks on non South Africans is yet another challenge he may have inherited from the Zuma administration.

He knows this. He has said, he will be “walking a tightrope, balancing the competing priorities of holding his party together while avoiding economic disaster.” But how he intends to bring the turn around is what South Africans and indeed the world is eagerly waiting to see.

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“Cyril Ramaphosa inherits an alarming mess from Jacob Zuma,” said Ben Payton, head of Africa research for Verisk Maplecroft told reporters. Restoring confidence in the troubled mining sector, ending the corruption around state-owned enterprises and winning over Zuma’s supporters within the ANC should be among his top priorities, Payton said.      (The Sun)

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Jacob Zuma, South African President, Resigns |The Republican News

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South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned his office with immediate effect..

The BBC reports that Zuma made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening.

Earlier, Zuma’s governing ANC party had told him to resign or face a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.

The 75-year-old had been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader.

Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, had been accused of corruption.

His resignation came at the end of a long speech in which he said he disagreed with the way the ANC had acted towards him.

He said he did not fear a motion of no confidence, adding, “I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability.”

Meanwhile, the governing African National Congress said it would elect Zuma successor’s on Thursday (today).

“We will possibly elect a new president on Thursday … if not Friday,” ANC treasurer general Paul Mashatile told journalists.

“We want certainty. We would like the incoming president to hold the postponed State of the Nation address without delay.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the vote of no confidence, requested by the opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, was initially scheduled for February 22.

The ANC caucus in parliament decided to move the vote forward after it formally asked Zuma to resign on Tuesday.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said that Zuma would speak “at 0800 GMT and satellite trucks were in position at Pretoria’s Union Buildings, the seat of the country’s government.”

But Zuma’s office said there was no “official communication” of any impending address but urged the media to wait.

The Secretary-General of South Africa’s ANC said Zuma did not threaten to challenge his removal by the party in court as speculated by the local media.

The scribe of the ANC, Ace Magashule, had told a news conference that Zuma would respond by Wednesday on the decision to “recall” him.

“President Jacob Zuma has behaved like a leader of the ANC. He has never threatened us with any court action, not at all. He did in fact confirm that he would respond by tomorrow.”

The ANC ordered Zuma to step down as the head of state after marathon talks over the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid “Rainbow Nation.”

Leading members of the ANC want new party leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, to replace Zuma as president, Magashule told a news conference.

Zuma has been living on borrowed time since Ramaphosa, a union leader once tipped as Mandela’s pick to take over the reins, was elected as head of the 106-year-old ANC in December, narrowly defeating Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

In spite of the damning decision to order Zuma’s recall, the domestic media have speculated that the 75-year-old might defy the party’s wishes, forcing it into the indignity of having to unseat him in parliament. (Punch)

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South Africa: ANC Resolved To Remove Zuma As President |The Republican News

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South Africa’s ruling ANC party resolved Tuesday to oust scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma from office after he refused to resign, local media reported following marathon closed-door talks.

The party’s powerful 107-member national executive committee (NEC) met for 13 hours at a hotel outside Pretoria, and decided it would “recall” Zuma from his post, several local media outlets said.

“It took a brutal 13 hours, but the ANC’s national executive committee has decided to recall President Jacob Zuma as head of state,” the Times Live news website said, citing unnamed sources in the talks.

Related: Date Scheduled For Motion Of No Confidence In President Jacob Zuma

Other media reported that the party would write to Zuma ordering him to stand down as president, after his request for a few more months in office was rejected.

State broadcaster SABC said the ANC had given Zuma 48 hours to turn in his resignation.

ANC officials were not reachable to confirm the reports, but the party called a press conference for 12:00 pm (1000 GMT) at its headquarters in Johannesburg.

The ANC can “recall” the head of state, essentially forcing him to step down, but the process is a party-level instruction and he is under no constitutional obligation to obey.

If he refuses, he would then likely be ousted via a parliamentary vote of no-confidence within days.

As the dramatic power struggle built to a climax, African National Congress chief Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly left the all-night meeting for a face-to-face conversation with Zuma at his official Pretoria residence.

Ramaphosa’s motorcade was seen returning to the meeting at midnight. Three hours later, the talks closed.

Ramaphosa, the de-facto president-in-waiting, has been in deadlocked negotiations with Zuma, who dismissed an earlier request from party leaders to step down more than a week ago.

The stalemate around Zuma’s future plunged South Africa into political uncertainty over who is running the country, with a series of public events cancelled including last Thursday’s annual State of the Nation address to parliament.

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“We know you want this matter to be finalised,” Ramaphosa, 65, told a party rally in Cape Town on Sunday to rapturous cheering.

“We know you want closure… Because our people want this matter to be finalised, the NEC will be doing precisely that.”

South African opposition parties on Monday called for early elections as the ANC’s leadership battle ground on.

“We must proceed to the dissolution of parliament… subsequent to that, we move on to an early election,” Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Mmusi Maimane told reporters, speaking alongside several opposition parties.

The parliamentary speaker announced that an opposition request for a no-confidence vote against Zuma on Tuesday was still being considered.

Zuma’s presidency has been marred by corruption scandals, slow economic growth and record unemployment that have fuelled public anger.

He was scheduled to stand down next year after serving the maximum two terms after coming to power in 2009.

Related: BREAKING: South Africa’s Credit Rating Downgraded, Yield On Gov’t Bond Up

Zuma’s hold over the ANC was shaken in December when his chosen successor — his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma — narrowly lost to Ramaphosa in a vote to be the new party leader.

The ANC has insisted there will be no delay to the budget speech, which is due on February 21.

Sunday’s rally was part of ANC celebrations marking 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth — as well as efforts by Ramaphosa to revive the party’s tainted reputation ahead of next year’s general election.

Zuma, 75, has not spoken publicly since February 4 when he was first asked by the party top leadership to step down.

In 2008, his supporters pushed out then-president Thabo Mbeki over allegations of abuse of power.

Under Zuma, the ANC won less than 54 percent of the vote in local elections in 2016 — its worst electoral performance since coming to power with Mandela at the helm in 1994.

Ramaphosa is a former trade unionist who led talks to end apartheid rule in the early 1990s and then became a multi-millionaire businessman before returning to politics.

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Katie Hopkins Detained In S’ Africa For ‘Spreading Racial Hatred’ After Taking Ketamine While Collapsed In The Street

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Katie Hopkins has had her passport confiscated and been prevented from leaving South Africa after being accused by the country’s authorities of ‘spreading racial hatred’.

The unpopular media pundit, who has had a dramatic week after collapsing in the street and taking ketamine for an agonising shoulder dislocation, revealed she’s been temporarily banned from getting on her flight home.

In a short video filmed in the airport, Katie told her followers: “At passport control, I’ve been through security and I’ve been detained, my passport has been marked for spreading racial hatred here in South Africa.


“I’m not sure what’s going to happen, they’ve taken my passport away from me but it doesn’t look like a this present time I’ll be allowed to board my flight and leave the country.

The unimpressed former Celebrity Big Brother star couldn’t resist another dig as she tweeted: “Detained at passport control on the orders of the MYANC.

“Amazing security co-ordination from a country where police do not respond to white farm murders because they are ‘on lunch break’.”

Katie caused a stir when she begged fans to support her ‘independent journalism’ by donating to a documentary she’s making on what she branded “military-style” attacks on the country’s white farmers.


She was also stopped when she tried to enter South Africa and had her passport confiscated at Johannesburg airport, but was eventually given leave to enter.

The controversial mum of three didn’t go long without hitting the headlines though – she collapsed in the street over the weekend and revealed she’d taken ketamine, leading many to wonder why she’d used the horse tranquilising drug.

But she later explained that the drug had been administered by paramedics after she dislocated her shoulder – a ‘legacy’ of the epilepsy that plagued her for 20 years before a 12-hour brain operation in 2016 appeared to cure her.

According to the NHS website, ketamine is a powerful anaesthetic used both in humans and animals.   (Mirror)

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European Trophy Hunter Killed While Stalking Lion |The Republican News

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A Croatian trophy hunter has been shot dead as he tracked a lion in South Africa in the weekend.

Pero Jelinic, 75, was an experienced hunter who frequently travelled with the intention of adding to his already sizeable trophy collection.

A police spokesperson told News24 that the hunting party had killed one lion and were tracking a second when Mr Jelinic was struck by a stray bullet.

It remains unknown who fired the fatal shot, and police are investigating a case of culpable homicide as well as illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Mr Jelinic was killed at Leeubosch Lodge, a remote farm in the North West province of South Africa where captive lions are bred to be hunted by paying visitors.

The controversial practice is legal in South Africa, with 200 ‘canned hunting’ farms throughout the country.

Friend Slavko Pernar told Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List that Mr Jelinic’s office was “full of trophies, deer and bear specimens and everything that could be hunted in Croatia and Europe.”

“Pero was a passionate hunter of big and small game, and in search of that he travelled most of the world,” Mr Pernar said.   (Newshub)

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South Africa: Chaos As EFF Invade H&M In Protest Against Racist Advert |RN

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H&M stores were trashed at Sandton City and Menlyn Park this morning as EFF members protested a recent ‘racist advert’.

Tshwane – A large group of protesters dressed in EFF regalia have stormed the H&M stores in Sandton, Menlyn Park and East Rand on Saturday, trashing the stores in an apparent protest of an online ad that has been labelled racist.REZA Crime Network have reported shots fired at the East Rand H&M.

At Menlyn Mall, a number people in EFF regalia were protesting outside the H&M. The store has been closed but not before it was completely trashed.The REZA Crime Network also urged shoppers to avoid the H&M in Santon City, which was also trashed.

 

https://youtu.be/RUhOmg9lQN4‘Racist’ advert at heart of protest

EFF’s Floyd Shivambu tweeted:

“That @hm nonsense of a clothing store is now facing consequences for its racism. All rational people should agree that the store should not be allowed to continue operating in South Africa. Well done to Fighters who physically confronted racism.”

The international chain store earlier this week apologised after an outcry on Twitter over an advert depicting a black child wearing green hoodie with the inscription “coolest monkey in the jungle”.

The company apologised on its Twitter account and said it would investigate the online shopping ad, which sparked outrage among observers on social media.

“We’ve not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering,” the group said.

READ: H&M withdraws ‘monkey’ hoodie after black child ad outrage

A News24 reporter at Menlyn Mall reported a heavy police presence at the mall, with protesters engaging with police.

The reporter was warned that the protesters were not taking kindly people filming them.

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This is a developing story. More to follow

Source: (News24)

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“We’re Going To Take That Land, Whether They Like It Or Not” – Ramaphosa

Newly elected ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again emphasised that he will follow through with land expropriation without compensation.

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SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 18: New president of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa during the announcement of new party leadership at the 5th African National Congress (ANC) national conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre on December 18, 2017 in Soweto, South Africa. As ANC delegates‚ supporters of the two presidential candidates were equally confident that their preferred choice will be announced as the new president of the ANC. The race was between Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa‚ the only two nominees for the party’s top position. (Photo by Gallo Images / Alet Pretorius)
On Monday, ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa was joined by the ANC top six and his former rival Nkosazana Dlaimini-Zuma. The party leadership are spending the week paying tribute to former ANC presidents.  After visiting graves in KZN, Ramaphosa addressed members of the media about a few of the ANC’s plans and goals.

With the ANC now turning 106, celebrations and party events will continue to flow across the country. On Sunday, Ramaphosa met Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, the king was gifted multiple cattle as a gift from the new president.

Ramaphosa reflected on the visit and once again discussed land expropriation without compensation. Mentioning and addressing the two has been described by some analysts as a good move for Ramaphosa.

While Ramaphosa recently said taking back the land will turn South Africa into the garden of Eden, he has also been adamant that it can be done in a way that does not hurt the economy or food security.

On Monday, Ramaphosa again echoed those calls, together with the insistence that land will be expropriated, regardless of whether “they” like it or not.

“20 years later, indeed we are saying we are taking back the land and giving it back to our people. The commitment made at last year’s conference is a promise that we are going to keep.”

Ramaphosa also again vowed to root out corruption from within the ranks of the ANC. The newly elected ANC president said corruption undermines “the interest of our people as a whole”               (The Southern Africa)

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South Africa’s Farm Murder Statistics More Political Than Accurate |RN

The Freedom Front Plus and African Christian Democratic Party quoted farm murder rates of 97 and 133 per 100 000 people. This rate would make farm murders around three times the national average. (Bloomberg)
The Freedom Front Plus and African Christian Democratic Party quoted farm murder rates of 97 and 133 per 100 000 people. This rate would make farm murders around three times the national average. (Bloomberg)

recent analysis by Africa Check, an organisation that promotes accuracy in media reporting, has called into question the accuracy of commonly cited farm murder statistics for South Africa. By looking at the available data, they concluded that it is near impossible to accurately calculate farm murder rates. This calls into question the popular narrative that South Africa’s white farming minority is under siege.

Farm murders in South Africa are a highly politicised issue. Outside of the general concern for homicide in the country, the farm murder rate has been used by many as evidence that South Africa’s white minority is facing victimisationoppression, and possibly genocide.

But even outside of spaces that are arguably motivated by an ideological agenda, there are others who have bought into the idea that South Africa’s farm murder rate is especially high. As Africa Check noted, during a parliamentary debate, the Freedom Front Plus and African Christian Democratic Party quoted farm murder rates of 97 and 133 per 100 000 people. This rate would make farm murders around three times the national average of 34 per 100 000 people murdered per year in the 2015/2016 period.

These murder rates, according to MPs, were quoted from the Institute of Security Studies’ Johan Burger, who claimed he never intended for them to be more than a vague indicator. Yet, even in this, it seems the manner in which Burger calculated the rate was inaccurate.

A farm murder rate is calculated by deciding on a definition of what constitutes a farm murder, dividing it by the population of those involved in farming, and then multiplying it by 100 000 to give an indication of how many people are affected per 100 000 individuals. A murder rate is important because the absolute number of murders by itself doesn’t tell us anything about how pervasive murder is for a certain group – those numbers would be expected, on average, to be greater for larger population sizes.

Related: Julius Malema ‘An Instigator’ Of Farm Murders – Duncan Prinsloo |RN

Africa Check’s article details exactly what they believe Burger did, but the gist of it is that the figure he used for number of farmers murdered a year (32) was not consistent with the population of farmers he divided by (32 375) in order to arrive at the murder rate. The number of murders included those on both commercial and non-commercial land, and smallholdings, whereas the population of farmers he used only included commercial farmers and those who were registered for VAT.

Given that the population size Burger was dividing by was smaller, this would inflate the murder rate. To put this into perspective, Statistics South Africa estimated that 2.3 million households were involved in agriculture based on its 2016 Community Survey. The agency’s chief director of structural industry surveys, Itani Magwaba, told Africa Check that this included subsistence, smallholding and commercial agriculture.

If this number is used alongside the highest current estimate of murders on farms (64 in 2016 according to AfriForum) this number results in a murder rate of just over 3.2 per 100 000 people. But again, this number is not necessarily representative as farm murders are not all captured, and “involved in agriculture” is too general a description.

Related: European MP Demands That S’Africa Farms Murders Be Put At Top Agenda |RN

Africa Check’s senior researcher, Kate Wilkinson, told The Daily Vox that if we want to work out a murder rate of farmers, which is different to farm murder rate (the former is the rate of farmers murdered while the latter is the rate of people murdered on farms), then at the moment we can only really use the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa statistics, because they’re the only people who are collecting the number of farmers murdered. We’d then have to get an estimate of the numbers of farmers in the country, whether they be commercial, smallholding, subsistence – but right now that number doesn’t exist, said Wilkinson.

“Until we can be sure what murders are being measured and what definition is being used to estimate the total population size, we can’t calculate this figure,” she said.

Africa Check’s analysis of farm murders is perhaps unsatisfactory in answering questions of whether white South Africans face persecution in South Africa. But maybe that’s the point. Conclusions should be reached only after reviewing evidence; if it’s done the other way around we are no longer seeking “truth”, but rather looking to confirm a predetermined belief – a bias. With this in mind, there is perhaps only one conclusion we can draw from our inaccurate farm murder rates – that those who quote them may have a preference for politics over verity.  (The Daily Vox)

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10 Stages Of Genocide And South Africa Is At Stage 6 |The Republican News

By Aubrey O’Callaghan 
10 stages of GENOCIDE and SA at stage 6 

According to Dr. Stanton, the ten stages of genocide are:

 

1. Classification
This first stage is where a nation is divided into various groups for political reasons. This happened in South Africa under the apartheid regime, but it now also being sustained by the ANC government for their own political agendas.

 

2. Symbolization

The Jews, during Nazi Germany, were forced to wear the yellow Star of David so that they may be easily identified and stigmatized.

Today, in South Africa, the mere skin color and language (Afrikaans) are used as symbols to identify the particular ethnic groups that are being targeted for extermination.

 

3. Discrimination

During the apartheid years, racial discrimination was very intense, especially against blacks, coloreds and Indians.

Our South African society was much divided.

When the ANC was elected to power, promises were made to unite South Africa into one rainbow nation.

Our country is much more divided than before; apartheid laws are no longer on the statute book, but the nation remains deeply divided.

The unwise application of affirmative action is driving all our ‘born free’children to foreign Western and Asian countries to look for jobs and better prospects.

Thousands of our best young people (highly qualified) have left South Africa and are working in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE and several other countries where the prospects are much better.

And that is why South Africa is suffering from an acute skills shortage and a brain drain.

 

4. Dehumanization

The early signs of the dehumanization of white South Africans are clearly visible in South Africa.

Many black politicians like Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema are referring to white citizens as ‘settlers’ or ‘colonialists’‘racists’, and many other negative words.

Anytime you are making these racial distinctions, you are dividing the humanity of the human race.

 

5. Organization

In South Africa, there are several radical, Marxist, black groups like the EFF and BLF that are being trained ideologically to hate whites, who are being labeled as ‘settlers’‘colonialists’‘racists’ and ‘counter-revolutionaries’.

This is exactly what the Hutus did to the Tutsis before the genocide; they labeled the Tutsis as ‘cockroaches’ and ‘vermin’ that needed to be exterminated in order to ‘save’ Rwanda.

 

6. Polarization

South Africa can be classified as a polarised society.

The dream of Nelson Mandela to build one united rainbow nation has been destroyed by incompetent and short-sighted political leaders like Jacob Zuma.

7. Preparation

As a society, South Africa is at this critical stage where radical, political groups like the EFF, BLF, and others, are meticulously planning the removal of white farmers from their farms in the name of ‘land redistribution’ and ‘taking back their land.

This, of course, is a pretext for violence, murder, and theft in the name of ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’.

Singing ‘freedom’ songs like ‘Kill (kiss) the Boer, kill (kiss) the farmer’glorifies the killing of white people in South Africa.

Supporters of the EFF are encouraged to literally kill white South Africans in the name of ‘liberation’.

Mob psychology is used to instigate violence against white Afrikaans speaking farmers.

8. Persecution

The persecution of white, colored, Indian and foreign Africans have begun in our motherland by radical, black political groups like the EFF.

Whites are told to go back to Europe, Indians are told to go back to India, and foreign blacks (who are labeled as makwere kwere) are beaten and told to go back to their northern African countries.

The discrimination of foreign blacks by South African blacks are very severe and the intolerance is growing daily.

9. Extermination

The farm murders that are taking place in South Africa are meticulously planned by radically politicized groups to rid the country of white farmers under the pretext of ‘taking back the stolen land.’

The brutality of farm murders in our country is shocking.

Often, nothing is stolen and it becomes clear that many of these crimes are hate crimes, perpetrated by people who have been incited to commit murder.

It does not matter if many farmers have bought their land legally after 1994, the lie is still propagated that they stole the land from blacks.

The Marxist ideal is to take away all private ownership and to allow the state to own all the land.

This was done in Zimbabwe as well.

It also resulted in Robert Mugabe owning 13 farms personally, all ‘liberated’ from white farmers by ZANU-PF members.

Julius Malema does not have any original ideas; his political ideas are all stolen from failed Marxist despots who left their countries in ruins.

There is a clear political agenda to promote these populist views amongst uninformed, poor, black people mainly living in townships, in order to gain more votes in the 2019 national elections.

They are misled to believe that they will get previously white-owned land and farms if they vote for the EFF or ANC!

Of course, all blatant lies told by (once poor) politicians who once lived in RDP houses, but now drive in their expensive cars, dressed in designer clothing, living in multi-million rand mansions, sipping their twelve-year-old single malt whiskeys, having regular, expensive holidays in Dubai funded by corrupt businessmen thriving on multi-billion rand government tenders so generously given by our South African government.

10. Denial.

Our present government is denying that farm murders are being pre-planned by organized, politically connected groups.

The SAPS are also not keeping statistics of farm murders as a special crime.

The message the general public is getting is that the state do not want to know the truth about farm murders in South Africa, hence the need for other civil society organizations to keep a daily record of farm killings and attacks.

It is the opinion of MANY SOUTH AFRICANS that the new president of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa needs to answer the question.        (Uncaptured SA)

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