Free State farm occupied because Malema told them to…
2011-06-30 – ‘Malema told us to’ said ten people from the former Qwa-Qwa homeland at Phuthaditjhaba (Witsieshoek), after they occupied a white-owned farm near Harrismith on Monday-evening. They chased in their livestock, set up a shack and a caravan, and aggressively ordered the current owner to ‘leave their land’.
Free State-based journalist Willem van der Berg of Volksblad newspaper writes that ten people, including a couple who set up a shack, a caravan and 25 cows on a privately-owned farm said they were ‘told by Malema to take back the land’ – so that’s what they are doing. The late husband of one of the occupiers had held a Land Bank title-deed in 2000 – but the land was auctioned off in 2005 because Mrs Masefefo Julia Khoete’s late husband had failed to make his payments for the land-purchase.
The land now is owned by Mr Petrus Weyers – who lives in Ladismith and runs livestock on it. Like most white farmers nowadays, for his own protection he lives in town and commutes to the farm each day.
Qwa-Qwa residents very unhappy anyway – now they can focus on a jolly good land-occupation campaign
The land-occupation must be seen against the situation in Qwa-Qwa itself, where the former homeland’s residents have been waging a mini-war against the ‘authorities’ over the past few months: blocking roads, attacking motorists and white journalists, and waging regular and increasingly aggressive campaigns against the ‘lack of service delivery’.
They were angry and spoke ugly words…
A farm-worker who was spanning wires came across the illegal settlement, which already is comprised of a shack, a caravan, 25 heads of livestock and ten people. “The occupiers were very aggressive when I asked them what they were doing,’ said the worker. “They were angry and spoke ugly words. One man ran around with a shovel and said they now ‘are taking the farm from the Boer because Malema told them to take back the land’.
And indeed he did just that: the comes only a week after the ANC youth league leader incited his supporters to occupy farm-land, saying that ‘all whites are criminals’; that the ‘colonists’ had stolen the land; that it had to be taken back’.
Malema is a lightning conductor for Zuma’s nationalisation plans…
Malema is a lightning conductor for Zuma’s nationalisation plans
However Malema’s statements merely echo the recent green-paper tabled by the ANC-regime, which is hiding its land-nationalisation-programme behind complicated government jargon, claiming this will be a ‘three-tier land tenure system in which all ‘State and Public Land’ would be leasehold; and ‘other land’ (?) would be “on limited freehold.” And people described by Jacob Zuma as ‘’foreigners’ would be on what he called ‘precarious tenure’. This means that any ‘foreign-owned’ land ‘could revert back to the State any time it suited the regime. It’s the term ‘foreigners’ which is particularly contentious. Are ‘Afrikaners and Boers and English-speaking South Africans’ also considered ‘foreigners?” Zuma’s lightning conductor Malema refers to them in his in citing speechings as ‘colonials’, ‘ settlers’ and ‘criminals’ and continues to call for the murders of all Boers.Slogans such as “Shoot the Boer, ‘Kill the Boer’ . One Bullet One White Infant are now routinelysung at all the public political meetings by the ANC and other groups.
Van der Berg said one of the occupiers had a long-standing grudge: eleven years ago, the late husband of one of the occupiers, Mrs Masefefo Julia Khoete held title to the land, but because her late husband had not paid back his Landbank-loan, it was sold at auction in 2005 and then resold to the current owner, Mr Petrus Weyers of Ladismith.
Mrs Khoete’s new husband, Masiteng Petrus Sekonyela, who was reportedly very aggressive, told the investigating police that his wife Mrs Khoete ‘now is the legal owner: the farm belonged to her previous husband and after his death it was handed over to her. The land belongs to us,’ he said.
Weyers, in the presence of the police, courteously asked them to leave the farm; and that he would not file a formal complaint if they left immediately without causing further trouble. Weyers: “Mr Sekonyela however was very aggressive, stood shouting at me waving a spade around in one hand, and yelled at me to leave’. Mr Weyers then lodged formal charges against the couple.
By law, it is going to be very difficult to dislodge the occupiers: once private property has been occupied continuously for 30 days with settled shacks, the owner of the land has to first arrange for ‘suitable accommodation elsewhere’ because the police can be called in to remove them. However, the couple already have a home in Phuthaditjhaba – and instead are clearly engaged in a political protest action, hoping to get help from Qwa-Qwa anti-municipal protestors as well as from the man who started it all: Julius Malema.
The title-deed transport act which Sekonyela showed to the police and in which the Landbank transferred the registration to Khoete, was drawn up in 2000.However the Landbank has since that time, sold the land at auction in 2005 because the loan was not repaid. The farm was then bought by Mr Anton Valks at this auction. Mr Weyers bought it from him.
Similar land-occupations on other private farms have mostly ended in victory for the occupiers: who usually start waging a reign of terror, accompanied by a great deal of communist-propaganda in the news-media, against the white farmers which eventually will force them to leave. Mr Weyers lives in Ladismith and runs livestock on the farm.
June 2011: QwaQwa residents attacked white journalists, blocked roads, attacked motorists
Only SEVEN of 237 municipalities get clean audits
29 June 2011 Auditor-general Terence Nombembe noted in a rather vague summary that out of all the audited ‘237 municipalities plus 49 municipal-entities’ audited, only SEVEN got a clean bill of health in the 2009/10 bookyear.
- Cape Town – run by the Democratic Alliance party
- Nelspruit (now Ehlanzeni) in the Transvaal lowveld (now Mpumalanga) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ehlanzeni_District_Municipality ,
- Middelburg (Steve Tshwete) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Tshwete_Local_Municipality Delmas (now Victor Khanye ) http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/Pothole-ruling-could-have-wider-impact-20110629
- Bronkhorstspruit (now Metsweding) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metsweding_District_Municipality
- Kimberley ( now Frances Baard, one of the poorest municipalities in SA, and also overwhelmingly Afrikaans-speaking) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Baard_District_Municipality Northern Cape
- Transkei ex-homeland’s ‘municipal authority: the Amathole Economic Development Agency (Eastern Cape);
The only municipal-owned agencies agencies which passed muster were the Brakpan Bus Company, Erwat, Johannesburg Property Company, Johannesburg Civic Theatre, Johannesburg Social Housing Company, the Lethabong Housing Institute, the Roodepoort Civic Theatre; the Cape Town International Convention Centre , and the Overstrand Local Economic Development Agency in the Western Cape.Not one of the tested municipal authorities in the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal or the North West province had any clean audits.