Saturday, June 13, 2009

Bloody Black Politics

Is a silent war raging in South Africa? See the timeline and judge for yourself!


A TIMELINE OF ATTACKS AND KILLINGS SINCE JANUARY 2009 TO THE PRESENT



4 January 2009
IFP (Inkhatha Freedom Party) youth leader Bhekinkosi Dube was shot dead near his house in Phumlani township in Hluhluwe.

5 January 2009
Jimmy Mohlala, an ANC (African National Congress) official in Mpumalanga who blew the whistle on alleged corruption in a 2010 construction project, was shot dead in his Nelspruit home. His 19-year-old son was shot and wounded.

22 January 2009
ANC member, Inkosi Mbongeleni Zondi was shot dead in Durban, Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal.

23 January 2009
The chairman of the ANC Youth League, Sthembiso Cele, 27, was shot dead outside Durban in Umgababa, KwaZulu-Natal.

01 February 2009
Three ANC members, including ANC MP Prince Zeblon Zulu, a member of the Zulu royal family, were shot in Nongoma in northern Zululand. The situation was so tense in Nongoma that the army was called to help hundreds of police officers who had already been deployed to maintain peace. The events at Nongoma go as far back as the 1994 Shell House massacre, for which the ANC leadership has since claimed responsibility. A number of victims of that massacre actually came from Nongoma.

25 February 2009
IFP councillor Elliot Mfanafuthi Maphumulo, aged 50, was gunned down and killed outside his Gingindlovu home.

05 March 2009
ANC member Thulani Khumalo, 44, who was shot and killed at a tuck shop in Nongoma. A tuck-shop worker, Mthokozisi Ndwandwe, was shot in the leg during the incident but survived. Three persons were later arrested in the case. One of them was an IFP councilor.

8 March 2009
Thulisile Memela was murdered by her IFP-supporting boyfriend, a few days after she had attended an ANC rally at Umzimkhulu. Her boyfriend also killed himself.

11 March 2009
28 ANC supporters were arrested for attacks on COPE members in Khayelitsha.

29 March 2009
Thulani Justice Gumede, a disabled man was shot and stabbed to death in the KwaNdwalane area near Paddock. His death followed alleged threats that people would be killed if they wore ANC clothing. His ANC t-shirt had been removed when his body was found. Two men were arrested. One is from KwaNdwalane area and had reportedly been away to receive paramilitary training before the killing.

(The paramilitary training facility was shut down by the SA Police in August 2008 where 473 men were arrested and released on bail).

21 April 2009
One day before the National elections on 22 April, the justice department revealed that over the past six weeks 162 cases related to election violence were reported in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Of these 162 cases 11 cases - including four murders, four attempted murders, one case of arson and one of pointing a firearm - are considered serious while 25 cases of intimidation were also reported.

(The province with the second-highest number of reported cases behind KwaZulu-Natal was the Northern Cape with 62 cases, nine of which were serious, followed by Limpopo with a total of 30 cases reported, six of which were considered serious.)

“South Africa's fourth democratic elections took place in a peaceful atmosphere.” - SADC electoral observer - Friday, 24 April 2009. (Can you understand why I believe that democracy is a farce?)

The following incidents occurred after the national elections on 22 April:

23 April 2009
COPE member Gerlad Yona Yona was shot dead outside his home near Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth), in the Eastern Cape. Cope’s provincial chairman Nkosifikile Gqomo claimed the murder of Yona, a former ANC councillor who joined Cope last year, appeared to be politically motivated.

27 April 2009
Zenusela Hlongwa was shot dead and seven other ANC supporters were injured when their cars were attacked during an election victory celebration in Swayimani outside Pietermaritzburg. Seven people were arrested after the attack and three have since been released because of the lack of evidence against them. The four accused are Mphati Gumede, 29, Fonikosi Gumede, 41, Zwelemphi Gumede, 71, and Phiwe Gumede, 23. (Seems like the entire Gumede clan!). Their bail applications were postponed to June 19 and the accused remain in custody.

7 June 2009
Acting High Court Judge Patrick Maqubela dies a mysterious death in Sea Point, Cape Town. The police initially believed that he had suffered a heart attack but announced later that the case docket had been changed to a murder investigation. The rumours are that he was possibly poisoned. According to Nelson Mandela’s, “Long Walk to Freedom” -- Maqubela also served time in prison for treason. Back then he was a young lawyer and ANC member from the Eastern Cape. Mandela writes, “At first, we were skeptical of this new arrival, and wondered if he could perhaps be a security plant by the authorities. But we soon saw that this was not the case. Patrick was a bright, amiable, undaunted fellow with whom we got along very well.”

8 June 2009
ANC member, uMzinyathi councillor Tony Malunga who was shot and killed in Greytown.

9 June 2009
The homes of three ANC members were attacked in the early hours of the morning.
Ntombi Busisiwe Simelane, a teacher at Nhlanhlayethu High School, was killed in her home. Another ANC member, Bafanyana Seme, was critically injured. The assailants apparently then proceeded to KwaHemende where they attacked the Mncube family who all survived the attacks. They then moved to KwaSeme where the Seme family was attacked, resulting in the injury of Bafanyana Seme. Man-O-Man, keeping up with all this is really exhausting!

10 June 2009
The ANC's headquarters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg was evacuated after a bomb scare earlier in the morning.

Sources:
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A similar article on SA Sucks is also worth a read.

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