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Friday, September 23, 2011

The Chaos at Schubart Park - Pretoria



Schubart Park is a complex of four high-rise flats in Central Pretoria, c/o Vermeulen & Schubart Streets. The massive structures can be easily observed when driving north along Vermeulen street. Blocks A, B, and C are similar-looking, 21-storey high buildings and are situated on the southern end of the site. Block D is 25 storeys and is situated on the North-Western part of the site. The flats were built in the mid-1970’s, and were occupied back then by hardworking taxpaying citizens, mainly from the younger lower- and middle-class income groups.

Since the time “transformation” and so-called “freedom for all” started taking its malevolent root in South Africa's mulicultural affairs, the block of flats, like so many other grand structures in the country, progressively degenerated into a dangerous smutty pigsty, where even the pigs feel unwelcome and unsafe.

Schubart Park is today occupied by hordes of Black Africans (approx. 5000) with the majority being illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe. A considerable number of drug dealers from Nigeria and Tanzania also operate from within the dark fetid corners of the rundown structures, which have long-ago been stripped of all accessories and valuable metal such as copper and aluminium.

The Nigerian and Tanzanian drug dealers are separated into several rival gangs, who are forever at loggerheads with one another. Their violent disagreements thus contribute significantly to the current body count of corpses, which nobody is talking about!

In 2008 the City of Tshwane eventually decided to evict everyone for safety reasons, with intentions of renovating the entire complex together with another unsafe complex known as Kruger Park. Tshwane mayor, Gwen Ramokgopa, admitted that R200 million had been set aside for renovation for both complexes… (probably stolen by now!).  Another issue the mayor raised was that about 90 percent of residents did not pay their monthly rent. (Source)

On 22 July 2008 a massive eviction operation, stupendously executed by Metro Police, SA Police, and a private eviction company (aka “Red Ants”), without notifying the occupants of their intentions, resulted in total pandemonium. Five people died during the eviction and scores got injured. (Source).

A close source of mine, employed by the SA Police, recently confirmed that truckloads of corpses are collected at Schubart Park, almost on a weekly basis. My source, which I’d prefer to keep anonymous, declined to give me the exact numbers, but stated: “There are many!”. The dead bodies are often discovered many days later, usually by members of the local Fire Brigade who respond to emergencies, or by police detectives looking for crime-suspects and/or stolen goods. 

For obvious reasons the occupants (mainly illegal immigrants) seldom report these deaths. I was also informed how the occupants of Schubart Park always make the task much lighter for the mortuary guys, by carrying the dead downstairs – i.e. after striping the deceased of all possessions, of course!  

In 99 percent of the cases the cause of death is unnatural, ranging from drug overdose, to murder…. What a lovely country South Africa has become!


One of the grievances the occupants have is that there is no water or electricity in Schubart Park, but most of the copper wire, water pipes and water tanks have already been stolen and sold for scrap metal. There are no functional toilets on the premises; occupants thus do their private business in plastic bags and throw it through the open windows into the streets below.

The latest unrest and violent clashes between police and occupants of Schubart Park has been raging for the past three days now. I’ve noticed the latest online reports (here and here) mentioning that everything was calm on Friday (today) as Tshwane officials began registering people for relocation to a Atteridgeville township.

Radio Jacaranda 94.2, however, reported quite differently at about lunchtime, and aired a live broadcast from the Schubart Park scene. The sound of rapid gunfire amidst other sounds of uncontrollable rage was clearly audible in the background. As usual, there were also reports of numerous traffic jams and accidents all over the city. I really don’t know why radio stations even bother reporting this continuous state of chaos!

I’m also reasonably convinced that the Schubart Park incident is but one of many occurrences going on in the country, particularly in Gauteng, and that the media do not have sufficient resources to cover all the stories.

I sometimes get the feeling that there are not enough journalists in the country to keep track of all the chaos going on. Either that, or the police are preventing them from entering the chaotic scenes… In other words, a massive government cover-up is in process.

Please tell me I’m wrong!


23 comments :

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

And *snap !


Back to the racist drooling.


Will you stand up in public and for even one second pretend that South Africa has WORSE infrastructure now that in 1994 ? All these new complexes and malls and roads etc trump any crap we had in 1994.

I'll give you the railways are not in a great state but they weren't in 1994 either. 5 billion investment into them coming this year in P.E though and Gautrain etc show even they in a few years will surprass their glory days.


When you move to the U.K I hope to hear daily from you about how there are no problems, what a great quality of life you have, how there is no crime, how the politicians are all saints etc. Anything less will make you a hypocrit.


Peace and love
Rooster

Macaw said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Rooster - you are more pathetic than I thought you were. I now know that you are a troll. Hats off to TIA for allowing your shit on this blog. I would have loved to come to PE, but it is a shit place.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Macaw

I believe some mutual understanding, peace, respect, and the plucking of feathers took place here ;-)

The comment-rules are very basic. If people can adhere to them, then they’re most welcome to leave comments.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Rooster

Oh for goodness sakes… Pleeease point out to me where exactly in this posting do you see evidence of “racist drooling”???

The wholesome truth, and nothing but the truth, has been reported here… Do you deny that?

I used the Schubart Park incident to make a point, but there are numerous similar scenes going on in other places of the country as well, where once beautiful and well managed apartment blocks have fallen into a state of disrepair. You will find these dilapidated structures, occupied by foreign African vagrants, in every major city in this country.

The extent of the problem is being watered down by the catch phrase, “service delivery protests”, thus implying that more money must be pumped into municipalities – so that the cycle of theft, corruption and general plunder can repeat itself.

Will I stand up in public and for even one second pretend that South Africa has WORSE infrastructure now than in 1994?

Of course not! The progress during the past 17 years has been phenomenal, and the same is happening in many other African countries…. BUT while the whole world is talking about this exceptional Chinese-inspired fast growing economic boom taking place in Africa, not much is being said about the underlying madness and turmoil going on at multicultural street level. Neither is anything hardly mentioned about WHO exactly is profiting from the proceeds of this economic boom!

Bear in mind also that much of the development we see is not uniquely African at all, but ideas ‘stolen’ or ‘borrowed’ from European countries. The Gautrain system is but one example.

And speaking of the Gautrain… It may be a ‘world class’ system but it has come too early to Africa…. about 20 years too early… But what the heck, pushing the budget into billions, while simultaneously making provision for typical ‘African’ conditions, such as cable theft, power problem, corrupt officials, etc. etc.. solves everything – does it not?

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Rooster

My UK move is a private matter, but for the record… my immediate plans involve another trip to the Okavango in Botswana, where ironically there is a definite certainty that my white skin will not prohibit me from earning an income. My previous trip was reported here. Go read it; there’s some racist drooling there as well. Believe me you’ll find it!

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Will I stand up in public and for even one second pretend that South Africa has WORSE infrastructure now than in 1994?

Of course not! The progress during the past 17 years has been phenomenal, and the same is happening in many other African countries….
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Thank you. I'm glad you at least can be man enough to admit this.

Don't you live in Joburg ? How about a piece of all the urban regeneration taking place in the old CBD to balance things out ? That's all I ask for: BALANCE.

Enjoy Botswana. But do you really think your skin colour would stop you getting a job in South Africa ?

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

The last time I checked (at that was pretty recently) the employment rate for white saffers was 96%. Better than say....New Zealand. According to the SAIRR we also make up 70% of corporate positions and even withing the government we make up 60% of Parastatals managment. (Yes those responsible for Eksom etc are mostly whities.)

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Which is something I'm surprised the far right doesn't boast more about. Whe mostly white maneged Eksom has with roughly the same budget delivered electricity to 80% of the country compared to 30% in only 17 years. And it did all of that with keeping power here cheaper than most first world countries while other developing countries are more expernsive than the first world.

I suppose that would be big backpedaling though.

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I must say the thought of lazing on some housebout in some delta exercising only my elbow to sip on my beer, wmaybe standing up to haul in a breame of too is my cup of lager. I'll be doing just that on Kariba in December hopefully.

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Rooster - you are more pathetic than I thought you were. I now know that you are a troll. Hats off to TIA for allowing your shit on this blog. I would have loved to come to PE, but it is a shit place.

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Oh dear. More thinly veiled threats on the internet for expressing an opinion. Stay classy far right.

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

You MUST read this and givre me your thoughts please.

http://www.news24.com/Columnists/GuestColumn/White-first-African-second-20110926

Highlights : "I see your old foe, the Transvaal Agricultural Union, admitted last week that farm murders were down by almost 100% in the last financial year."

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

This is old news and was published on Afriforum’s website 2 days ago. I read the letter and it’s quite obvious Adriaan Basson also has his own little agenda, aimed at impressing his superiors and thus boosting his career.

I used to respect Afriforum and Solidarity and even supported their projects a few years ago, until I realized that there are a number of hypocrites and fools among them too. I silently withdrew without causing a scene… So what more can I say? Except – that I do not have much patience or time for quibbles between Afrikaner cousins, or any cousins for that matter – like the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians – cousins fighting cousins!

I prefer to focus on the far bigger picture, rather than wasting hours trying to decipher the truths, untruths, and hidden agendas of rival cousins.

Macaw said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Rooster, it was not a threat. I know you live in PE. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to work in PE. The thought of leaving Cape Town for PE did not appeal to me. I was in PE many years ago and the place sucked. I stayed in Cape Town. Hell, we even play better rugby than you lot in the Eastern Cape.

Are you feeling a little insecure that you call this a veiled threat? Maybe looking over your shoulder all the time might lead you to develope stronger neck muscles.

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Rooster, it was not a threat. I know you live in PE. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to work in PE. The thought of leaving Cape Town for PE did not appeal to me. I was in PE many years ago and the place sucked. I stayed in Cape Town. Hell, we even play better rugby than you lot in the Eastern Cape.

Are you feeling a little insecure that you call this a veiled threat? Maybe looking over your shoulder all the time might lead you to develope stronger neck muscles.



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Yeah the 5 years of constant death threates sure shut me up.

*rolls eyes.

P.E IS a shit place. I even wrote about it.


http://fingerandthumb.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post_2662.html

With that said it's a fekk side better that joeys.

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

This is old news and was published on Afriforum’s website 2 days ago. I read the letter and it’s quite obvious Adriaan Basson also has his own little agenda, aimed at impressing his superiors and thus boosting his career.


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Well T.A.U did admit the murder rate was down 50% (correction on the article) to 33 farm murders (of all races) in the last year (march 2010 to 2011 April).


What do you say about that ? Why has the far right not maybe even a squeek about this ? How do you expect me to describe YOUR agenda when you don't report excellent and positive news ?

I for one am glad far less farmers and farm workers were murdered. I love my people. Don't you ?

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

This is not a news site - it’s a blog, which I manage in my spare time. It’s MY blog and I can publish what the hell I want here!

Go visit SA Rocks if you’re looking for positive news.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

There’s always two sides to the story... Read Steve Hofmeyr’s reaction to Adriaan Basson’s open letter:

http://stevehofmeyr.co.za/website/home

There’s another loooong reaction, but it’s all in Afrikaans.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Steve Hofmeyr’s reaction (in Afrikaans) to Adriaan Basson:
(Sourced from Facebook)

Hi Adriaan,

Interressante griffel wat jy die Saterdag (26 September 2011) in die bylaag, BY gepubliseer, en aan Kallie Kriel van Afriforum geadresseer het, onder die opskrif: Hoekom mislei Afriforum Afrikaners?

Ek deel graag ’n paar los gedagtes rakende jou stuk.

Laat ek dit sommer duidelik stel reg aan die begin dat ek nie lid is van Afriforum nie, maar dat ek soos jy en Kallie, myself ook sien as Afrikaner, Afrikaan en Suid-Afrikaner binne die konteks van hierdie kookpot wat ons vandag Suid-Afrika noem.

Nou, die feite wat jy in jou stuk stel moet elke redelik mens toegee dat dit die een kant van die saak verteenwoordig en geldig is, nie net vir debatvoering nie, maar ook om sekere sosiale probleme uit te lig wat deel vorm van hierdie kookpot wat ons almal se probleem op die ou einde van die dag is.

Enigste frustrasie wat ek met jou argumente in die stuk het, is dat jy net soos ander meer liberale skrywers en joernaliste, as dit kom by Afrikaner politiek, of die Afrikaner se sosiale verantwoordelikhede, net eenkant van die saak sien, of ’n klomp aantygings maak, maar geen klink klare teen argument of oplossings bied nie.

Laat ons nou maar eerlik wees, die standpunt van jou en ek haal aan: “…..Afrikaners is seker een van die magtigste, rykste en diverse minderheidsgroepe op die planeet” nie heeltemal waar is nie.

Om te verwys, na die Rupert’s, Basson’s en Mouton’s se rykdom of om te verwys na die Afrikaner middelklas in Pretoria of by Aardklop biekie eensydig is volgens my. Dit is so goed ek vertel jou dat gemeet aan die feit dat Patrick Motsepe, en ander swart biljoeners van die rykste in die land is, of dat jou ryk swart middel klas die grootste en duurste BMW’s en ander Duitse motors koop, ’n aanduiding moet wees van hoe dit met die res van die swart bevolking gaan, mos nonsense is!

Hoekom dan die argument gebruik as dit by Afrikaners kom? ’n Groot gros Afrikaners sukkel net so my vriend. Jy kan maar net rondry in jou kleiner dorpe of gebiede soos Danville, Pretoria-wes en die wit plakkerkampe in en rondom Pretoria en die Oos en Wes rand om die argument dat Afrikaners nogsteeds die uitverkorenes is finaal die nek in te slaan!

Situasies soos die, is waar die burgerregte-groepe soos Afriforum of Solidariteit se Helpende Hand fonds volgens my ’n kardinale rol speel om die sake uit te lig, te debateer en om aksies te vat en skreiende ongeregtighede aan die kaak te stel of dit dan te make het met armoede, rassisme of ander verkeerdhede.

Laat ons nou maar eerlik wees, daar is bitter min offisiële kanale wat iets vir die Afrikaner sal doen of sal opstaan vir hulle grondwetlike regte as dit nie vanuit die private sektor of burger regte groepe kom nie.

word vervolg….

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Vervolg van bo….

Iemand het iewers in die media daarop gewys dat vandag se ANC nie die ANC van Madiba of Oliver Tambo sin was nie. Hoe waar is dit nie.

Vandag se ANC is net so, indien nie meer ras behep as die Natte gedurende Apartheid nie. Dit gaan alles oor nommers, soveel regstelling in terme van wit/swart persentasies word verwag, ongeag of dinge reeds in dui stort of gaan stort.

In vandag se Rapport (Sondag,25 September 2011) in ‘n artikel, Zuma vrees ANC byl, word beweer dat Gwede Mantashe, se verslag aan die NUK gelek is, waarin hy die volgende oor die ANC uitlig: “….’n verdoemende prentjie van ’n party wat deur interne magstryd, hebsug en onbevoegdheid aan flarde geskeur word….”

Dit, volgens my, is waarom die ANC nie die land met alles daarin kon om draai in 17 jaar van bewind nie en waarom arm swart mense in sekere gevalle nou slegter daaraan toe is as wat hulle pre-1994 was. Jy kan ongelukkig nie vir altyd die blankes en Apartheid die skuld gee vir alles nie, al is dit ook ‘n gemaklike verskoning.

Gaan lees maar die Geskiedenis boeke van die Duitsers wat binne 20 jaar na 1945 weer as een van die sterkste moondhede in die wêreld kop begin uitsteek het. Dit na die land bankrot was en omtrent alle infrastruktuur in puin was nie. Dit laat mens dink ne!
In plaas daarvan dat die Afrikaner met al sy ondervinding en kundigheid gebruik word, kry die groep meeste kere net afjakke of word daar beskuldigings rondgegooi dat mense wil laer trek of nie wil bydrae om die land beter te maak werk nie.

Solidariteit het ‘n databasis aan die regering beskikbaar gemaak so ‘n jaar of twee terug met honderde hoogs gekwalifiseerde mense wat hulle kundigheid aanbied. Ek twyfel of enige van die persone ooit gekontak was. Die nommers gaan mos nie klop nie, maak nie saak of munispaliteite soos Kroonstad se elektrisiteit afdeling in duie stort wat op die ou einde almal, wit en swart negatief sal raak nie.

Dit Adriaan, is die kern van die probleem. As jy die heeltyd afgejak word, vertel word jy is ’n wit misdadiger of nie kanse gegun word om te help nie, dan gaan jy maar aan met jou eie ding en lyk dit of jy nie ’n snars omgee nie!

So, die Afrikaner is soos die Engelsman sal s ,between a rock and a hard place. Wat ons ookal doen, daar sal altyd beskuldigings wees dat ons nie wil bydraes lewer nie,of nie wil verander nie, met die werklike redes wat gerieflik a.g.v. politieke korrektheid geïgnoreer word.

Hoe hartseer is dit nie, want die grootste gros Afrikaners daar buite is nie die verkrampte regses wat hunker na die verlede nie, maar mense wat in Suid-Afrika wil bly, ‘n toekoms vir hulle kinders wil bou in veiligheid en toegelaat word om die land saam met al die ander kulture uit te bou.

Binne die konteks glo ek dat Afrikaners nie mag stil bly nie en ook vir hulleself, hulle kultuur en veiligheid mag opkom want dit raak almal wat deel is van ‘n samelewing.

Word vervolg….

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Vervolg van bo….

In die opsig dink ek doen Afriforum dit wat ’n burgerregte groep behoort te doen. Hulle lig sake en argumente uit wat gedebatteer moet word en as gesprek faal of mense nie daarin wil deelneem nie, alle kanale wat die grondwet voor voorsiening maak te gebruik om dit dan wel te doen.

Die ANC doen dit, elke dag om hulle eie agendas deur te druk of in sekere gevalle deur te boelie as mens byvoorbeeld kyk na sekere beoogde wetgewing ens., ongeag of dit sal bydrae tot die algemene welstand van al Suid-Afrika se mense.

Iets oor jou opskrif (Hoekom mislei Afriforum Afrikaners?). Jy skiet jouself in die voet daarmee. Enigste manier hoe ‘n mens mislei kan word, is as jy nie al die feite tot jou beskikking het om jou eie afleidings te maak nie, of as jy nie geletterd genoeg is om nie perdedrolle vir vye aan te sien nie. Volgens jou het die Afrikaner dan alles in pag.

Ek dink nie enige iemand word mislei deur Afriforum nie, dit is argumente wat na vore kom en almal raak en vir te lank nou al onder die mat gevee is sonder om behoorlik daaroor te debatteer of om dit te adresseer.

Ek kan nog lank aanhou oor opvoeding en ander maniere om die land uit te bou maar ek sal volstaan met die volgende.

Ek as Afrikaner, kan enige plek in die wêreld met my geletterdheid gaan werk en ek sal suksesvol wees en ‘n goeie bestaan kan maak. Maar ek is ‘n Afrika kind. Ek wil hier wees, omdat my hart hier is, my geskiedenis, my kultuur asook my “huis”. Dan seker die belangrikste, my mense (wit en swart) hier is. Ek is deel van Afrika en van die land, of sekere mense nou daarvan hou of nie.

Juis a.g.v. hiervan weier ek om langer stil te bly, of ’n Jannie-jammer-gat houding in te slaan en onderdanig te moet wees omdat ek Afrikaans en wit is met ’n etiket dat ek bevoorreg is. Alles wat ek het het gekom deur harde werk en bloed sweet, niks is aan my gegee nie, ek verwag nie enige gunsies nie, maar ek sal ook nie stil bly oor ongeregtigheid nie.

Dit Adriaan, is wat Afriforum doen, hulle praat namens ‘n groot groep mense wat nie in die posisie is om dit self te doen nie. Die wit mense met niks of die wat alles verloor het of kan verloor as iemand nie praat nie!

Steve Hofmeyr

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Why would you quote someone who says ludicrous things like "700 000 afrikaners live in squatters" and "over 3000 boers were murdered on farms" ????


Both absolutely basless ridiculous claims. Surely this is not a person to take seriously ?


Sorry I don't want to harm our new attempt at courtesy, but I really feel you have got to stop enabling this scaremongering and alarmism and giving it a soap box. Do you realise by Afrikaners playing the victim card (especially when they are one of the most priveledged, wealthy , protected groups in the country ) is worse than blacks constantly playing it ?

Don't you thing this culture of entitlement Afrikaners learned from Apartheid is something not to be encouraged ?

The Rooster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I understand your stance on Boer murders (well I don't really understand because it goes against all available evidence, but I've heard it)but please tell me you don't really think 700 000 Afrikaners are living in squatter camps.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Look Mr. Rooster, I’ve had just about enough of your senseless bickering on this blog, and also your obsession with trying to prove that the Afrikaners are not an oppressed minority in this lala-lala land communist k4 country, which you so ignorantly believe is paradise on earth. I myself have never been a great fan of ol’ Stevie, but the man has matured over the years, which is more I can say about you. I doubt that you even bothered to read Mr. Hofmeyr’s response, because nowhere does he speak of 700 000 Afrikaners who are living in squatter camps. He may have mentioned that figure somewhere else, and maybe he also took into consideration non-white Afrikaners – who knows? But THAT is your strategy – you always pick one or two points to hammer on, and conveniently ignore the rest! When asked to deliver an opinion on other relevant issues, you don’t even bother to reply... you just carry on like a bloody headless chicken running around in circles.

The bottom line is...
This blog has a theme, and you’re spoiling it with your meaningless chatter. Carry on like this and you’ll force me to delete each and every comment you’ve made on this blog... MY Blog!!!

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