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Brad Bennetts

Disabled Cop Fired Over Winnie Road Rage Row

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Disabled police detective and single-parent Brad Bennetts was summarily fired for supporting two colleagues who were unfairly suspended without pay after an infamous road-rage confrontation with Winnie Mandela. http://bit.ly/knTswR

Support Brad Bennetts face book page: http://on.fb.me/jKUP65

BENNETTS Brad warrant officer fired 18yrs service supporting Winnie Mandela Road Rage Cop Fired Jannie Odendaal

Picture Above: Brad Bennetts

ODENDAAL Jannie run in with speeding Winnie Mandela Dec 30 2010 Sandton

Picture Above: Jannie Odendaal

The SA Institute for Race Relations warned afterwards that ‘the behaviour of senior managers in the South African Police Force, around the Winnie Mandela incident, damages police morale, the rule of law, and the fight against crime.”

Warrant officer Jannie Odendaal and his colleague Abel Twala have not had a cent of pay ever since. Their ‘crime?” They dared to pull over the high-speed luxury-Mercedes with the blinded windows which was carrying Winnie and her two bodyguards on the M1 highway near Sandton. Even when she climbed from the car, Odendaal didn’t ‘recognise the old woman as Winnie Mandela,’ he has told his trade-union representatives in a statement (published in full below). Even so, he would still have pulled them over because of the vehicle’s erratic, very high-speed driving in a busy residential area, he said. Mandela and one of her body-guards flew into a rage, shouting racist abuse, cursing, and showing utter contempt and no respect for their uniforms…’ the police officers said.The two police-officers and their families have been struggling to survive without pay ever since after Winnie Mandela wreaked her vengeance upon them: demanding through the Gauteng police-chief Petros to have them fired. Listen to Jannie Odendaal’s description of Winnie’s road-rage – in Afrikaans (the transcript in English is published underneath this article: http://www.solidariteitradio.co.za/jannie-odendaal-vs-winnie-die-volle-storie/)

And now this road-rage incident has claimed four more victims: this week the single-parent, disabled warrant-officer Brad Bennetts, 36, was fired outright. The detective with 18 years service became disabled in 2004 after breaking his back when the motorcycle-cop was forced off the road by a criminal. He has since then rehabilitated to such an extent that he can do his work on crutches. He never received any compensation for the injuries he sustained. Bennetts supports his little daughter and his parents who are living with him. Bennetts ‘crime?” He had written in a face book message on Feb 14 2011 on the “We Support Jannie Odendaal’ page, without mentioning his police-link:

  • “General Petros you have made many enemies and you aren’t even here for a year. Your time will come and then we will so how many people stand behind you like we are now standing behind Jannie.” 14 Feb. And his comment then was republished the next day in The Star in an article describing the road-rage incident- again without mentioning his police-link. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Ontslaan-na-kritiek-op-baas-20110621

Bennetts was dragged into an internal hearing about his comment and summarily fired afterwards. “I presumed that I would at least receive a final warning or a written warning first.I never believed they would fire me. They told me at the hearing that ‘I could not be trusted in the police and that nobody wants to work with me any longer.’ Bennett said he is disabled and in a wheelchair ever since he was forced off the road when working as a motorcycle-policeofficer in 2004. “I was in a coma for 8 weeks and spent a long time in a wheelchair, and I now use crutches to do my work. Thus far I have never been compensated for my injury – but I continued working because I am a police officer and it makes me proud.’

He does not know how he’s going to look after the three people in his care: namely his little seven-year-old girl and his parents who live with him. “Where is a disabled police-officer going to find work? ‘ He was stationed at the Primrose police station and would have been in the police 18 years this week. The Gauteng provincial commander col Neville Malila was unmoved: commenting that the white police officer was ‘fired because of serious misbehaviour because he uttered a hidden threat against the provincial police-commissioner on a public face book page. Freedom of speech as guaranteed under our constitution is not an absolute right,’ he added. ‘in the employer-employee relationship freedom of speech rights must be weighed against the private actions of an employee and the interests of the employer.’

The police-officer’s trade union representative, Dr. Dirk Hermann, managing deputy of Solidarity.co.za, said ‘the SA Police Force is blowing a very innocent comment out of all proportions and turned it into ‘national-security issue’.The police have now made a double mistake. First they should have supported Jannie Odendaal and Twala when they were just doing their jobs: enforcing the law.

Secondly they should have shaken Bennetts’ hand for supporting his colleagues’. Bennetts only was granted ten days to lodge an appeal. Solidarity will handle his submission.

http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Ontslaan-na-kritiek-op-baas-20110621

Winnie Mandela’s road-rage is claiming many victims… ‘Bring the white cop to my house to apologise’, she demanded: Madikizela-Mandela became so irate that she demanded that the SAPS chief Petros bring the ‘white cop to her house to apologise to her’. Petros apparently received this order directly from SAPS Genl. Gela – who just happens to be be his brother in law…

South African Institute of Race Relations: behaviour of senior SAPF managers damages police morale, rule of law, and fight against crime’

The South African Institute of Race Relations warned after this incident that ‘the behaviour of senior managers in the South African Police Force, around the recent Winnie Mandela incident, damages police morale, the rule of law, and the fight against crime.”The Institute’s deputy CEO, Frans Cronje, said: “Police members on the ground must be able to trust in the backing of the chain of command if they are to do their jobs effectively. In this case it appears as if the command chain has placed political considerations above its responsibility to its members. This is likely to undermine the morale not only of flying squad members around the country but also of all police officers. We therefore echo calls for an independent inquiry into events surrounding the Winnie Mandela incident. This matter goes far beyond the rights of a few officers. It goes to the heart of police effectiveness and the maintenance of the rule of law.”

http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71654?oid=217284&sn=Detail&pid=71616

Odendaal statement

“He works for the Emergency Response unit at the East Rand and has been a police-officer since 1991. It is part of his job to react to violent crimes in progress but it’s also part of his job to pull over suspect vehicles while patrolling the freeways. On December 30 he and his colleague noticed a high-speed silver Audi luxury car with tinted windows driving with bright headlights on the M7 freeway north of Golden City. They checked on the radio with the vehicle-tracker and were advised that the car had been reported stolen and was registered in the name of a company in Soweto. They didn’t know who was inside, the car had tinted windows. The police-team, driving in an unmarked Mercedes, flashed their blue-strobe lights, indicating that the driver of the silver Audi had to pull over. ‘It didn’t, we kept following it with our lights flashing but they did slow down and waved a hand-radio from the window’. Odendaal said he recognised this hand-radio: ‘it was not a police issue item and such radios are often used in armed robberies, so we decided to keep following them and called in for backup from the dog-patrol unit’. The Audi finally stopped at the Jan Smuts avenue turnoff, pointing in the direction of Sandton. Odendaal said he and his colleague got out of their vehicle, with his colleague, as is routine, backing him up with an R1 rifle. The rifle was pointed downwards, he said. Odendaal said as he tapped on the car-boot, it was opened from the inside, while a ‘burly, strong-looking’ male passenger jumped from the Audi and immediately accosted him, pushing the officer on the chest and shouting at him, telling him that Mrs Mandela was in the car, that ‘they weren’t allowed to search the vehicle, because this wasn’t apartheid any more’. Odendaal said he shoved the man back and then walked back to the police vehicle to fetch his Tazer. “I told the man to stop assaulting me or I would fire the Tazer’, he said. Then a second passenger, a woman who he did not immediately recognise, jumped from the car and immediately started ranting, shouting and screaming abuse at him. “I didn’t recognise her as Mrs Mandela. She had this white powder-make up all over her face and she looked much older than she does in her newspaper pictures,’ he said. Mrs Mandela and her body guard kept shouting and yelling at the police officers. Odendaal said he was indeed ‘very shocked at the lack of respect they showed for our police uniforms and the contempt with which they spoke to us.’ Then the driver got out of the Audi too and Odendaal started exchanging information with him, both men were calm. He said the driver was ‘courteous and calm at all times’. While Odendaal was speaking to the driver, telling him that the police-team had to search the car, as those were Genl. Petros’ orders, Mrs Mandela yelled at the driver to ‘stop this at once, everyone got back into the Audi and they drove off. “ Odendaal said they continued to follow the car until they received confirmation that the ‘stolen-car’ warning had been withdrawn, that it was ‘sorted out’. The police-officers, including the dog-patrol unit which had joined them in the meantime, then returned to their police-station, where they filed a detailed incident report. Odendaal said he had ‘expected his commanding officers to back him up because I was doing my job’. He was shocked when they didn’t.’ (interpretation by Adriana Stuijt).

Bullying of police officers by the power-mad elite must stop

Solidarity trade union’s spokesman Dirk Hermann at that time ‘warned the Mandela-clan and her aggressive body guards to leave the young cop alone. Solidarity stands 100 percent behind our member and will not allow him to be bullied.’

Hermann: “We ordered our legal team to provide their full support to Odendaal if the SAPS continues with its ‘bullying tactics’ against this police-officer. We are also preparing criminal charges against Madikizela-Mandela’s bodyguards. This involves assault, crimen injuria and attempts to divert the course of justice. We cannot allow that ordinary citizens are pushed around like this by the political elite and organisations. We plan to push back. On the one side we stand up for this one member but on the other side we also stand up to fight on behalf of every defenceless individual against the power-mad elite. In a healthy democracy ordinary citizens receive protection and we plan to protect this important aspect of our democracy.’

http://www.solidariteitradio.co.za/jannie-odendaal-vs-winnie-die-volle-storie/

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ANC-council sworn in under police guard

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All hell broke lose during swearing-in ceremony of new ANC-council :

Police had to be called in to quell rioting before the swearing in of unpopular ANC-councillors in Brits/Madibeng in North West on Tuesday.

Council spokesman  Patrick Morathi said a group of disgruntled people with ANC t-shirts raised hell over the appointment of some of the ANC-councillors, sang struggle songs and waved banners about.

BRITS NEW MAYORESS MMPHO POOPPY MAGONGOA “They came in droves from all corners of Brits/Madibeng to witness the inauguration,” he told MadibengPulse editor Cynthia Dreyer.

“Police had to be called in to quell the riot: proceedings were delayed for two hours while acting municipal manager Mr. D. H. Makobe presided over proceedings leading up to the election of the Council’s speaker who was scheduled to take over proceedings and business of the council for the day, says Morathi.

ANC t-shirts, struggle-songs and slogans:  all hell broke loose:

“Immediately after the introduction of all the councillors,  when the residing officer handed over the item of the oath and solemn affirmation by members of the council to Moses Maswanganyi of  the Brits Courts for the Magistrate, that all hell broke loose.  A small group of disgruntled people wearing ANC t-shirts chanted slogans and sung ‘struggle songs’, waving election placards of certain councillors about who were supposed to be sworn in,” says Morathi.

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Dreyer wrote: ‘Obviously the protesters were unhappy about certain candidates that had been foisted on them in the election as councillors…’

Brits police called in: inauguration ceremony held at law-court under police-guard:
“Brits police were called in to quell the situation which led to Council proceedings being disrupted for more than two hours. Councillors later headed to the Brits Magistrate’ss Court where the swearing in proceedings were conducted peacefully under the eyes of the police.  And then the council reconvened at the chamber s- under ‘ serious police guard,’ Dreyer quoted the spokesman as saying.

For the record: the following office bearers were elected:  ANC Councillor Buti Piet Makhongela got 53 votes as speaker to beat Democratic Alliance Councillor Mahlasi Samuel Moloi who got 16 votes. Poppy Magongoa became the executive mayor with 53 votes, beating the democratic-alliance councillor Leon Basson’s 16 votes. The ‘single-whip’ job went to Sekoate Solomon Male of the ANC with 53 votes, who beat the DA councillor Marriam Zodwa Banda ‘s 16 votes.

“The new mayoress  Mpho Poppy Magongoa was ‘received with song, dancing and ululation”, according to Morathi.

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Dutch MP Geert Wilders pleads for Western Freedom of Speech at trial

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Dutch MP Geert Wilders: ‘I shall continue to speak up about the threat of Islam… its ideology of hatred, of destruction, of conquest… ‘

- closing statement at Dutch trial, where he is charged with inciting hatred and discrimination at his Kafkaesque Trial

Geert Wilders Statement at trial English subtitles

by Andrew G. Bostom, The American Thinker – The verdict in Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders’ trial will be announced June 23rd. He faces a prison sentence if found guilty…

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Amsterdam. Geert Wilders closing statement at his trial: “Mister President, members of the Court,  I am here because of what I have said. I am here for having spoken. I have spoken, I speak and I shall continue to speak. Many have kept silent, but not Pim Fortuyn, not Theo Van Gogh, and not I.  I am obliged to speak.

The Netherlands is under threat of Islam…

‘ For the Netherlands is under threat of Islam. As I have argued many times, Islam is chiefly an ideology. An ideology of hatred, of destruction, of conquest. It is my strong conviction that Islam is a threat to Western values, to freedom of speech, to the equality of men and women, of heterosexuals and homosexuals, of believers and unbelievers. All over the world we can see how freedom is fleeing from Islam. Day by day we see our freedoms dwindle.

Islam is opposed to freedom. Renowned scholars of Islam from all parts of the world agree on this. My witness experts subscribe to my view. There are more Islam scholars whom the court did not allow me to call upon to testify. All agree with my statements, they show that I speak the truth. That truth is on trial today.
We must live in the truth, said the dissidents under Communist rule, because the truth will set us free. Truth and freedom are inextricably connected. We must speak the truth because otherwise we shall lose our freedom. That is why I have spoken, why I speak and why I shall continue to speak.

The statements for which I am being tried are statements which I made in my function as a politician participating in the public debate in our society. My statements were not aimed at individuals, but at Islam and the process of islamization. That is why the Public Prosecutor has concluded that I should be acquitted.

Long tradition in Defence of Freedom in The Netherlands:

I am acting within a long tradition which I wish to honour. I am risking my life in defence of freedom in the Netherlands. Of all our achievements freedom is the most precious and the most vulnerable. Many have given their lives for freedom. We have been reminded of that in the commemorations in the month of May.

But the struggle for freedom is much older. Every day the armoured cars drive me past the statue of Johan de Witt at the Hofvijver (at the Dutch parliament)  in The Hague. “

Dutch nobles Johan and Cornelis de Witt were lynched by a mob for writing the Manifesto of True Freedom Wilders said: “De Witt wrote the “Manifesto of True Freedom” and he paid for freedom with his life,.”…(painting by Jan de Baen: the lynching of Cornelis and Johan de Witt)

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‘Johan van Oldenbarneveldt, before he was beheaded after his political trial: said: ‘I have acted honourably and piously as a good patriot…

Wilders  continued:  ” Every day I go to my office through the Binnenhof where Johan van Oldenbarneveldt was beheaded after a political trial. Leaning on his stick the elderly Oldenbarneveldt addressed his last words to his people. He said: “I have acted honourably and piously as a good patriot.” Those words are also mine,” said Wilders.

“I do not wish to betray the trust of the 1.5 million voters of my party. I do not wish to betray my country. Inspired by Johan van Oldenbarneveldt and Johan de Witt I wish to be a politician who serves the truth end hence defends the freedom of the Dutch provinces and of the Dutch people. I wish to be honest, I wish to act with honesty and that is why I wish to protect my native land against Islam. Silence is treason.

That is why I have spoken, why I speak and why I shall continue to speak.

Freedom and truth. I pay the price every day. Day and night I have to be protected against people who want to kill me. I am not complaining about it; it has been my own decision to speak. However, those who threaten me and other critics of Islam are not being tried here today. I am being tried. And about that I do complain.
I consider this trial to be a political trial. The values of D66 [a Dutch leftist liberal party] and NRC Handelsblad [a Dutch leftist liberal party] will never be brought before a judge in this country. One of the complainants clearly indicated that his intentions are political. Even questions I have asked in parliament and cooperation with the SGP are being brought as allegations against me by Mr Rabbae of GroenLinks [the leftist Dutch Green Party]. Those on the Left like to tamper with the separation of powers. When they cannot win politically because the Dutch people have discerned their sinister agenda, they try to win through the courts.
Whatever your verdict may be, that is the bitter conclusion of this trial.

This trial is also surrealistic. I am being compared with the Hutu murderers in Rwanda and with Mladic. Only a few minutes ago some here have doubted my mental health. I have been called a new Hitler. I wonder whether those who call me such names will also be sued, and if not, whether the Court will also order prosecution. Probably not. And that is just as well. Because freedom of speech applies also to my opponents.
My right to a fair trial has been violated. The order of the Amsterdam Court to prosecute me was not just a decision but a condemning verdict by judges who condemned me even before the actual trial had begun.
Mister President, members of the Court, you must now decide whether freedom still has a home in the Netherlands…
Franz Kafka said: “one sees the sun slowly set, yet one is surprised when it suddenly becomes dark.”

Mister President, members of the Court, do not let the lights go out in the Netherlands. Acquit me: Put an end to this Kafkaesque situation.

Acquit me. Political freedom requires that citizens and their elected representatives are allowed to voice opinions that are held in society.

Acquit me, for if I am convicted, you convict the freedom of opinion and expression of millions of Dutchmen.

Acquit me. I do not incite to hatred. I do not incite to discrimination. But I defend the character, the identity, the culture and the freedom of the Netherlands. That is the truth. That is why I am here. That is why I speak. That is why, like Luther before the Imperial Diet at Worms, I say: “Here I stand, I can do no other.”

Freedom of expression is the life-source of our Western civilisation:

That is why I have spoken, why I speak and why I shall continue to speak.
Mister President, members of the Court, though I stand here alone, my voice is the voice of many. This trial is not about me. It is about something much greater. Freedom of expression is the life source of our Western civilisation.
Do not let that source go dry just to cosy up to a totalitarian regime. “Freedom,” said the American President Dwight Eisenhower, “has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”

Mister President, members of the Court, you have a great responsibility. Do not cut freedom in the Netherlands from its roots, our freedom of expression. Acquit me. Choose freedom.

I have spoken, I speak, and it is my duty – I cannot do otherwise – to continue to speak.Thank you.”

The Dutch government ‘s news service NOS provided the following

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