Saturday, June 17, 2017

Youth of 1976 vs Youth of 2016

Still on the subject of Youth Day, what is the difference between the youth of  1976 and 2016 (40 years after 16 June 1976)?

Nothing, just nothing! The words of Winnie Mandela are just as applicable as in 1976 as in 2016 as in 2017:

  "With our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country.” 

And every reasonable person will think that South Africa was liberated in 1994.

Seems not the case, or it seems more that 1976 was not about Apartheid, or the Bantu Education System, or Afrikaans.

It was more about this is Africa, this is the way of doing things!

Decide for yourself!

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Naked Reality of Youth Day 2017 in South Africa

Earlier today (16 June 2017) I took a stroll to Shoprite in Putfontein Road Cloverdene to buy bread.

When I was on my way back in Cloverdene Road a young boy (later introduced as July) greeted me friendly in Afrikaans and asked 'My baas R5 vir 'n brood asseblief' clapping his hands together pleading.

When asked how old he is and if he is in school July responded that he is 19 years old and not in school but he has passed 'form 6', whatever it maybe, I assumed it is standard 6 or grade 8 as it is called now?

When I told him I don't give money to beggars, he asked for a job. Then I told him that he should join the club - Myself are too white, too male, too qualified and too old to be employed. I could have been nasty and told him to ask the ANC for a job but he would just waste his time. But I referred him to the DA because Mmusi Maimane constantly brag how he and his party would create jobs like no one's business.

The moral of the story is that on  this Youth Day 2017, while the ANC and the DA will try to get some political mileage out of 16 June 1976, the naked reality is that there are youths like July, only speaking Afrikaans to beg for some bread money from a white man, who are worse off than before 1994 and although he has the right to vote and indeed voted last year in the municipal elections, could not better his current situation.

A variation on an old adage: 'While Zuma and his ANC are singing ABBA's "Money, Money, Money", youths like July have a bleak, bleak, bleak future'.

And you cannot blame Jan van Riebeeck for it! Or Apartheid! Or the whites!

PS: When I said my goodbyes to July I gave him half of the bread I bought, but tomorrow he will still be hungry!

Also Read This Post of Yesterday - The Lost Youth

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Lost Youth of 1976

Tomorrow (16 June 2017) is Youth Day.

Before I continue, read the post I wrote for Youth Day 2015 – Nothing has changed what I wrote then, except that our country is now even more messed up than in 2015!

So, tomorrow Zuma, the ANC and other Party members will once again praise the lost youth of 1976 for their contribution towards the struggle, the fall of Apartheid, the fall of Bantu Education, the fall of  Afrikaans as medium in schools, etc., etc., etc.!

If the youth of 1976 were such heroes of the struggle, ask yourself the follow questions:
  • Why is the education system of 2017 in such a mess?
  • Why is it that schools where Afrikaans is still the medium of learning are still leaders in quality education?
  • What have the youth of 1976 who should now be in their forties done to enhance quality of governance in South Africa?
  • Why are you keeping a political bankrupt President and his party in charge of the country?
  • Why are you turning a blind eye to state and public enterprise capture?
  • You have spoken out and acted against Apartheid, why don’t you speak out and act against corrupt politicians and public officials of 2017?
  • Why did you allow the destruction of everything that was good in South Africa?
  • Why is South Africa more than 40 years after you “revolution” junk status?
There are still many questions but these will suffice, the answer to all these questions and many not asked is that you are a lost generation, just like the ANC is a lost political party and thus, South Africa is a lost country and civilization!

Enjoy your public holiday tomorrow, next year we will talk again and we will be just further into the junk!


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dealing with White and Black Racism in South Africa – Double Standards?

It is my personal opinion that dealing with white racism/hate speech and dealing with black racism/hate speech in South Africa is not on par and that there are actually double standards in dealing with white racists and black racists. 

Racism and hate speech have no place in South Africa, and whether you are a white, black, yellow, or pink racist, the full velocity of the law must hit you square in the eyes!

But, on 9 June 2017 AfriForum indirectly highlighted this issue of double standards when dealing with anti-white racism and anti-white speech in South Africa – read it here: Maroela Media

In summary, AfriForum laid charges against anti-white racists at the SA Human Rights Commission and the SA Police Service – and “Urlings (Veldtogbeampte by AfriForum) het gesȇ sou die polisie- en SAMRK-klagtes geen oplossing oplewer nie, AfriForum ook die moontlikheid sal oorweeg om siviele ligitasie in te stel teen die persone wat vir die gevoellose plasings verantwoordelik is”.

In view of the above-mentioned, here are just 2 case studies to emphasise my opinion that we have double standards in South Africa:

Case #1: Dealing with anti-white racist Zama Khumalo


The South African Human Rights Commission facilitated and welcomed the public apology and withdrawal of all hurtful racial statements posted on social media by the young unemployed journalist Zama Khumalo (see Times report).

On 24 January 2013, Khumalo posted a comment on his Facebook page relating to a school bus accident, which took place in the Westedene area of Johannesburg during 1985 where a number of school children tragically lost their lives.

In response to statements made by two different individuals with access to the Khumalo's Facebook page, he made the following additional statement:

"On 27 March 2013, I will send out an invite to invite you to come to the Westedene Dam for a BIG Black Braai, (100% Blacks), fireworks, DJ - Black-People, celebrating their death.. and "we will always celebrate the death of whiteness".

The Commission received thirteen complaints against Khumalo from 6th to 14th February 2013, for these comments made.

The Commission today headed a mediation session between Khumalo and some of the complainants following his racist remarks.

The meeting was attended by the legal representative of Media 24 Limited who are also the complainants in this matter, representatives from the Commission, including its CEO, and the respondent, Mr Khumalo.

The Commission explained the nature of the meeting to Khumalo and the other attendees and the mandate of the Commission in terms of its constitutional obligations.

Khumalo was guided through the form and nature of mediatory proceedings. He was advised that the meeting was not intended to be an adversarial hearing with the objective of determining or apportioning blame, but was instead aimed at reaching a consensus in line with principles of reconciliation, directed at understanding motives, perception, nation building and interests.

Khumalo was provided an opportunity to, among others, provide a background of the events which led up to the posting of his comments on Facebook, his personal experiences including the public response which it had elicited, to express his feelings of remorse and regret towards those affected.

This was with the aim to permit a process which encouraged constructive, responsible forward growth and understanding; to convey and confirm the relief sought by complainants; and to reach agreement regarding the terms to be included in a settlement agreement, finalised by the respective parties and made public through the Commission.

Khumalo expressed acute feelings of remorse and regret about the hurt caused to those affected, to Media 24 Limited and the general public.

In his words Khumalo said:

"I (Zama Khumalo) hereby tender my summary and unequivocal apology to the general public of South Africa, the Commission, each of the complainants and the individuals who were either directly or indirectly affected by the tragic Westedene bus accident including those families who lost loved ones. I acknowledge the hurt and pain that I have caused as a result of the comments made on Facebook, which were made in a state of anger and disappointment. I therefore truly and genuinely apologise for making such statements and I accept the terms of the agreement as more fully set out herein and also undertake from this date onwards to refrain from, by word and / or by deed, conducting myself in a manner associated with hate and hurtful speech or racism such as that contained in my previous comments."

This statement was reciprocated by a statement from one of the complainants [Media 24] accepting the statement, events and sincerity of the apology.

On this basis agreement was reached regarding each term of the settlement process as encompassed in this agreement.

7.1. On a consideration of the age of the respondent, remorse shown, other forms of relief suggested by the complainants, feedback from the complainants regarding the Commission's recommendations and all other relevant factors, the following terms of have been agreed to:
7.1.1. An undertaking for the adoption of the settlement agreement by the respondent;
7.1.2. A public apology to form part of the Commission's settlement as stated hereunder;
7.1.3. A public apology specifically directed to the families of those who lost loved ones during the Westdene Bus Crash, to be posted on the following website:;
7.1.4. A public apology on the Facebook page of the respondent;
7.1.5. The settlement agreement to be made public to the media and the complainants;
7.1.6. That the respondent visits the website: to take note of some of the photos and articles written about the accident to afford the respondent an opportunity to truly appreciate the trauma caused by the event; and
7.1.7. An undertaking to participate in suitable diversity training programmes or educational workshops, as recommended by the Commission;
7.1.8. That the respondent visits the Westpark Graveyard where many of the children who lost their lives were laid to rest to clean the graves and to place flowers at the tombstones, taking into account the following: The respondent has indicated his need for security during this visit, which the Media 24 representatives undertook to provide in conjunction with monitored support from the Commission.
7.1.9. Further to the terms set out above and specifically requested by Media 24 Limited: That the respondent will not submit any articles / posts / articles / text in respect of Daily Sun, City Press, Sunday Sun or any other Media 24 Limited Publication on the respondent's Facebook, Linkedin, Google, Twitter profiles or on any other website, social media network or platform which would be considered unlawful in South Africa; That the respondent shall, at any stage of submitting articles / posts / articles / text on the respondent's Facebook, Linkedin, Google, Twitter profiles or on any other website, social media network or platform, clearly state the period during which he was employed with Media 24 to avoid the impression that he is currently employed at Media 24 Limited; That the respondent must provide a written undertaking not to publish any further articles / posts / articles / text which are prohibited in South African law regarding the Westdene Dam Tragedy; That the respondent will ensure the removal of all posts and comments published by the respondent on his Facebook page (Zama Khumalo) which are unlawful in terms of South African law; That the respondent will ensure the removal of all unlawful posts and / or comments relating to Media 24 Limited; That the respondent will ensure that the public does not have access to any photographs through his Facebook, Linkedin, Google and / or Twitter profiles or on any other website or social media network or platform which indicate an employment relationship between the respondent and Media 24 Limited; That the respondent provides an unconditional apology to the family and loved ones of every victim of the Westdene Dam Tragedy (which can be done through the following website:, the South African Public, Media 24, Daily Sun and City Press. That the apology from the respondent must be published in full on the respondent's Facebook page and that related thereto: The respondent will continually monitor all comments made on his Facebook page relating to his apology and will remove all unlawful comments within a reasonable period of time after having been requested to do so by Media 24; and Media 24 has undertaken to monitor the Facebook page of the respondent for a reasonable time in the foreseeable future to ensure compliance herewith. That the respondent's apology be made available to Media 24 Limited, to be published on its websites and be provided to SAPA, at its discretion together with a statement urging the South African public not to engage in further conduct of a similar nature; That the respondent attends a diversion / rehabilitation course regarding race relations in South Africa (as per the Commission's proposals).
7.1.10. That subject to the above, the complainants agree to the following: To cease pursuit of all ongoing or intended legal action against the respondent, whether criminal or civil in nature; To regard this agreement as a final settlement of their complaints against the respondent and to desist from any further actions against him arising from the complaint.

The Commission will post the full agreement on to the website dedicated to the victims of the Westdene,, and on our

Khumalo will as part of the settlement post a formal apology on to his facebook site.

The Commission has noted the increase in violations arising from the abuse of social media platforms and strongly urged the public to make a conscious effort toward eradicating racism.

Statement issued by Isaac Mangena, Head: Communications, SA Human Rights Commission, February 14 2013’

A slap on the wrist I would say!

Case #2: Anti-black racist Penny Sparrow

Firstly, she was criminally charged and convicted:

‘Penny Sparrow fined R5 000 for racist rant
Crime & Courts | 12 September 2016, 3:15pm
Giordano Stolley

Durban - Former KwaZulu-Natal estate agent Penny Sparrow was convicted in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on Monday of crimen injuria in relation to racist comments that she made at the start of the year comparing black people to monkeys.

Former estate agent Penny Sparrow has been convicted of crimen injuria.

Magistrate Vincent Hlatshway handed Sparrow a R5 000 fine, or or 12 months imprisonment.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said that Sparrow was sentenced to an additional two years, which was wholly suspended for five years, during which time she must not be convicted of crimen injuria.

She was also ordered to make a public apology for her remarks over the social media platform Facebook – the very platform over which she vented her rage against black South Africans, referring to them as “monkeys”, who if allowed loose on the country’s beaches, would cause “huge dirt and troubles and discomfort to others”.

Sparrow was convicted on her own guilty plea.

The charge against Sparrow was brought by Democratic Alliance member and Black Like Me founder Herman Mashaba.’

Secondly, she was also charged in the Equality Court and fined:

In June 2016, Equality Court Magistrate Irfaan Khalil ruled that Sparrow had to pay R150 000 to the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Trust to atone for her posting.

In that case Sparrow was also ordered to pay the legal fees of the African National Congress, who brought the matter before the Equality Court. Sparrow did not appear in court for that case, but has appeared on all occasions in connection with the crimen injuria charge.

Compared to Khumalo, I would say she received punishment just short of the death penalty!
There we are, my plea is that racism and hate speech should not be tolerated but then, whether you are a white, black, yellow or pink racist, deal with them equally!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blast from the Past: The Punt Gun

A punt gun is a type of extremely large shotgun used in the 19th and early 20th centuries for shooting large numbers of waterfowl for commercial harvesting operations and private sport. A single shot could kill over 50 waterfowl resting on the water’s surface. They were too big to hold and the recoil so large that they were mounted directly on the punts (a small skiff boat) used for hunting, hence their name. “Used for duck hunting” isn’t the right expression for aiming this piece of artillery in the general direction of a flock of ducks, firing, and spending the rest of the day picking up the carcasses.

In the early 1800’s the mass hunting of waterfowl to supply commercial markets with meat became a widely accepted practice. In addition to the market for food, women’s fashion in the mid 1800’s added a major demand for feathers to adorn hats. To meet the demand, professional hunters  custom built extremely large shotguns (bore diameters up to 2″) for the task. These weapons were so cumbersome that they were most often mounted on long square-ended flat-hulled boats (punts).

Hunters would maneuver their punts quietly into line and range of the flock using poles or oars to avoid startling them. Generally the gun was fixed to the punt; thus the hunter would maneuver the entire boat in order to aim the gun. The guns were sufficiently powerful, and the punts themselves sufficiently small, that firing the gun often propelled the punt backwards several inches or more.

To increase efficiency even further, punt hunters would often work in groups of 8-10 boats. By lining up their boats and coordinating the firing of their single shot weapons, entire flocks of birds could be “harvested” with a single volley. It was not unusual for such a band of hunters to acquire as many as 500 birds in a single day. Because of the custom nature of these weapons and the lack of support by the weapons industry, they were often rather crude in design.

In the United States, this practice depleted stocks of wild waterfowl and by the 1860s most states had banned the practice. The Lacey Act of 1900 banned the transport of wild game across state lines, and the practice of market hunting was outlawed by a series of federal laws in 1918.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jacob Zuma: A President to be Respected?

Commentary: Zuma himself and the ANC expect us to respect Zuma. What they do not understand is that respect is something you have to earn and not something you demand because you are the president. Irrespective of the fact that he turned South Africa into a third rate junk yard, his stupid, idiotic public utterances and the fact that he changes his tune as the wind blows according to  his audience is something laughable. Here are some few examples of how he changed his tune as the wind blows, in other words how he changed his story according to the composition of his audience:

On racism:

Zuma in January 2016 after the ANC's 104th anniversary celebrations in Rustenburg, North West:

"With time, people have tended to exaggerate the issue of racism because they say SA is still a racist country – not true. We defeated racism when we pursued the non-racial society. Our society is a rainbow nation, it's a non-racial society."

Zuma speaking at an event marking the 24th anniversary of the death of anti-apartheid activist Chris Hani in Boksburg in April 2017:

"We have not yet succeeded to build a non-racial society. There is a resurgence of racism in our country."

On homosexuality:

Zuma speaking at the Shaka Day commemoration in KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal, in September 2006:

"Same-sex marriage is a disgrace to the nation and to God… when I was growing up, unqingili [homosexuals] could not stand in front of me."


Zuma in a statement four days later in September 2006:

"I also respect, acknowledge and applaud the sterling contribution of many gay and lesbian compatriots in the struggle that brought about our freedom, and the role they continue to play in the building of a successful non-racial, non-discriminatory South Africa."

On the Afrikaner community:

Zuma during a fundraising gala dinner in Cape Town in January 2015:

"A man with the name of Jan van Riebeeck arrived in the Cape on 6 April 1652... What followed were numerous struggles and wars and deaths and the seizure of land and the deprivation of the indigenous peoples' political and economic power. "The arrival of Van Riebeeck disrupted South Africa's social cohesion, repressed people and caused wars."


Zuma in an interview with Beeld newspaper in February 2011 shortly after being voted president:

"They are the only white group who can lay claim to the fact that they also fought for their freedom, against the Brits... they died in concentration camps. They made a contribution to the development of South Africa and helped make it what it is today. They are an important group. They are the kind of group that doesn't carry two passports, only one."

On God and the ANC:

Zuma during a fundraising gala dinner in Cape Town in January 2015:

"The ANC is on the side of the people and God is on the side of the ANC. We cannot lose."


Zuma during a Black Business Council gala dinner in September 2016:

"No one will ever come from anywhere to help us, only in the olden days God could be sympathetic and send his son to come and help."

On human rights:

Zuma in September 2012 in response to a question in the National Assembly on wage negotiations at Lonmin mine:

"Sorry, we have more rights here because we are a majority. You have fewer rights because you are a minority. Absolutely, that's how democracy works. So, it is a question of accepting the rules within democracy and you must operate in them."


Zuma during the commemoration of Human Rights Day on March 21, 2017, in King William's Town in the Eastern Cape:

"Our country now enjoys a stable constitutional democracy where everyone is entitled to equal human rights because of the sacrifices of the people."

On the use of violence by police:

 Zuma in June 2015 at Tshwane University of Technology's Soshanguve campus while addressing several thousand people during his Siyahlola Presidential Monitoring Programme visit:

"The culture of apartheid that used violence to suppress people will have to be looked at again, and I don't want it. We don't want the police to use violence because they are stopping violence."


Zuma said in September 2015 during a ceremony at the Union Buildings in remembrance of police officers killed in the past year:

"We urge you to defend yourselves with everything at your disposal if you are attacked, within the confines of the law. Our laws allow the police to fight back decisively when their lives or those of the public are threatened."

On the courts and the judiciary:

Zuma during a debate in the National House of Traditional Leaders in Pretoria in April 2016:

"I'll be very happy that we solve the African problems in the African way because if we solve them only legally they become too complicated. Law looks at one side only, they don't look at any other thing. They deal with cold facts and I was complaining [about] that, but they're dealing with warm bodies. That's the contradiction."


Zuma during his keynote address at the Access to Justice Conference in July 2011:

"Judicial independence and the rule of law are the pillars of democratic systems worldwide."

On combatting HIV/Aids:

Zuma said in April 2006 under cross-examination after being charged with the rape of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, of which he was ultimately acquitted:

"[A shower] would minimise the risk of contracting the disease [AIDS]."


Zuma in April 2010 after publicly revealing his HIV test results:

"We have to work harder, together, to fight the perceptions and the stigma. We have to expand the knowledge and understanding of the epidemic to protect affected individuals and families."

On Julius Malema:

Zuma in October 2009 during a visit to Malema's hometown of Seshego in Limpopo where the ANC Youth League leader, at the time, had helped to build a house and a church:

"The ANC recognises talent and leadership and we give people an opportunity. Julius has illustrated that he is indeed a good leader and that he understands the people."


Zuma in February 2017 during a TNA Breakfast Briefing in Cape Town after the EFF disrupted his SONA:

"If for an example you are dealing with an organisation that was established by young people who were expelled from the ANC‚ they must be angry with the ANC. They must be trying their level best to fight back but they don't know how. Democracy is not about angry young people. Democracy is about debating things. Debating what we need to do for our country."

On Nkandla:

Zuma said in response to a question by an EFF MP during a parliamentary sitting in March 2015:

"Never have I ever thought on the date when I will pay back the money. Firstly, there is no money that I am going to be paying back without a determination by those who are authorised to do so as recommended by the Public Protector. The Public Protector has not said pay back the money. The Public Protector has said… where [there is] undue benefit to the family or myself, she thinks this money might be paid back. But this should be determined by the minister of police.”
"That determination has not been done. Why do you say I should pay back the money? You don't even know how much."


Zuma in April 2016 after the Constitutional Court's ruling that he had unduly benefited from non-security upgrades to his Nkandla home:

"I have consistently stated that I would pay an amount towards the Nkandla non-security upgrades once this had been determined by the correct authority. I would like to emphasise that it was never my intention not to comply with the remedial action taken against me by the Public Protector or to disrespect her office."

Monday, May 29, 2017

Establishing of the Republic of South Africa 31 May 1961

 On 31 May we celebrate the creation of the Republic of South Africa. Please read my commentary first before you read the article itself. Thank you!

Commentary: Since 31 March 1961 South Africa was developed as an example for Africa and was envied by many African states as well as West. A well-established infrastructure and economy was handed over to the ANC-elected government on 29 April 1994 and initially it look as if the ANC was eager to continue with the good work prior to April 1994 but not for long – gradually they started to demolish everything that was good and it took on such measures under Zuma that their only strategy as to blame whites, even starting with Jan van Riebeeck for their own misery, failures and incompetency. In Afrikaans it is much better to say: “die ANC het hierdie land deur hul gate getrek”. The problem is that for the next odd hundred years they will still shift the blame for the junk they created on the whites!

South African Flag 1928 to 1994
South African Flag since 1994
On 31 May 1961, the Republic of South Africa was established; it ushered in a period in which the existing political trends grew in tempo, scope and force. The application of the policy of separate development was accelerated to such an extent that the Transkei was granted self-government as early as December, 1963, something which a few years earlier not even Verwoerd had foreseen. Except for a temporary set-back in the general election of 1970, the National Party grew steadily stronger.

In January of 1960, Dr. Verwoerd announced that a referendum would be called to determine the Republican issue, the objective being a Republican form of government within the Commonwealth of Nations.
Two weeks later, British Prime Minister Harold McMillan visited South Africa. In an address to both Houses of Parliament MacMillan made his infamous Winds of Change speech.
The South African parliament accepted the referendum and on the fifth of October, 1960 voters were asked if they favoured a Republic for the Union. The majority of the electorate voted in favour.
The Republic of South Africa came into existence on the 31st of May 1961.

Dr. Verwoerd’s popularity and accomplishments in South Africa as well as abroad were overwhelming;  Dr. Verwoerd’s staunchest critics could not avoid recognizing the Prime Minister’s success.

The Rand Daily Mail published the following on the 30th of July, 1966:

“At the age of 65 Dr. Verwoerd has reached the peak of a remarkable career. No other South African Prime Minister has ever been in such a powerful position in the country. He is at the head of a massive majority after a resounding victory at the polls.

The nation is suffering from a surfeit of prosperity and he can command almost unlimited funds for all that he needs at present in the way of military defence. He can claim that South Africa is a shining example of peace in a troubled continent, if only, because overwhelming domestic power can always command peace. 

Finally, as if that were not enough, he can face the session (of parliament) with the knowledge that, short of an unthinkable show of force by people whom South Africans are rapidly being taught to regard as their enemies, he can snap his fingers at the United Nations. Thanks to the recent judgement of The Hague Court (on the South West Africa issue) he can afford to condescend to the world body, graciously remaining a member as long as it suits him.

Indeed, the Prime Minister has never had it so good.”

Dr. Verwoerd’s government secured a stable and prosperous environment to the benefit of all South Africans including foreign and migrant populations.

Living standards for Blacks rose 5.4% per annum versus 3.9% for Whites.

South Africa’s economic growth by 1965 was second highest in the world at 7.9%.

Inflation stood at a mere 2% and the prime interest rate at only 3% per annum.

Domestic savings were so great that the Republic of South Africa needed no foreign loans for normal economic expansion.

A large portion of the South African budget was invested in development for Blacks within South Africa and in the Nation States. Blacks in South Africa had a far superior standard of living in comparison to the rest of Africa.

Superior health care gave black South Africans a vastly inferior infant mortality boosting population growth. Citizens of the Bantu States in South Africa owned more wealth than all other African countries combined. Thousands of Blacks from neighboring countries would constantly attempt to enter the country illegally in order to share in that security and prosperity.

Such achievements were bound to attract the envy of powerful foreign and malevolent domestic foes.