Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Curse of Makhado

It seems that the inhabitants of Louis Trichardt have finally lost the battle to keep the original name of the town – that is after five (5) Supreme Court Appeal Judges ruled that the town’s name must remain Louis Trichardt!

The town’s name has now apparently officially been changed back to Makhado after the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile, rejected the objection of the Chairpersons Association (CA)… Read the full depressing story here.

For purposes of this posting, and for as long as I’m still alive, I’ll continue referring to this town as Louis Trichardt. The ANC will one day pay dearly for all their injustices. It may not come in my lifetime, but it will come – mark my words!

I will not argue the fact that this country has been ruled by deceitful leaders in the past, but the ANC takes the cake… They are definitely the most wicked, most deceitful, most revolting bunch of scumbags to have ever (dis)graced the seats of parliament!

Click here to see proof of how the ANC abuses power and undermines democracy. It is a timeline of four DA councillors who describe how an eThekwini Council meeting was hijacked, proper procedure ignored, oversight suppressed and the ANC’s agenda pushed through regardless… The sCuMbAGS!

The name change to Makhado is, without question, a political one. It has attracted a lot of criticism in the past, not only from various Afrikaans groups but also other minority groups consisting of Shangaan, and Pedi residents, who consider Makhado an oppressor who aggressively expanded his territory in the area by violently subjugating surrounding communities until the arrival of the Voortrekkers. Source

The following rather interesting passage was sourced from T.V. Bulpin’s book Lost Trials of the Transvaal (pg 388). Take note that Makhado is spelled as Makhato, and that the events occurred in the year 1895:
Makhato, of course, had been a thorn in the side of the Republic for years. He seemed doubly menacing at this time, for he had with him half-a-dozen white renegades, led by an ex-naval officer named Keith (or Shangwahladi to the Africans). This character acted as a variety of Commodore to the Venda, and affected an odd costume made of chamois leather, with a broad-brimmed hat and jackboots. He had originally been one of the men involved in the celebrated Countess of Carnarvon incident, which almost caused a war between Britain and Portugal. Now his presence in Vendaland gave the Republic an added alarm, from the idea that he was probably running guns and instructing the tribe in the use of modern European weapons. Fortunately for the Republic, at this time of mounting trouble, Makhato was sickening from dropsy and in no condition to lead a war. He actually died of his complaint on the 3rd September 1895; and his heir, Mphefu, although also aggressively independent, needed some time for reorganisation before he could launch upon any adventures.
Click here for more excerpts from Lost Trials of the Transvaal

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Back to the present…

Like various other towns in Limpopo and numerous other places in the other provinces of this stuffed-up country, the inhabitants of Louis Trichardt have also now been forced to take drastic steps to ensure that the municipality fulfils the simple basic requirement of supplying water to its residents.

ANC cadre deployment is the root cause of the stuff-up!

The root cause of the breakdown in Limpopo governance is the ruling party’s policy of cadre employment in all  centres of power, said provincial DA leader Jacques Smalle on 24 July.

“It is because of cadre deployment that most of Limpopo’s municipalities are teetering on the verge of collapse. Limpopo is among the worst-performing provinces in the delivery of basic services such as water, electricity, roads and access to clean drinking water. Examples abound of people still having to share water streams with animals,” reads an open letter by Smalle.

At the community meeting about the water crisis in Makhado (Louis Trichardt) on 18 July it was evident that the disgruntled community is becoming more and more intolerant of poor service delivery… Read the rest here.

The following was sourced today from Afriforum’s website:

Bear in mind that the the Makhado Municipality includes the areas of Louis Trichardt, Nzhelele, Tshipise, Elim, Tshitale, Hlanganani, Levubu, Vuwani, Alldays, Buysdorp and Bandelierkop. The town of Alldays is also experiencing a major water crisis at the moment, and the increasing number of Zimbabweans moving into the area are aggravating the problem.

AfriForum admonishes Makhado Municipality about water

AfriForum has recently urged the Makhado Municipality in the Makhado (Louis Trichardt) area to fulfil its duty to supply water to avoid court action.

This follows after it became known that Louis Trichardt, like various other towns in Limpopo and elsewhere, has had to cope without a reasonable water supply for months.

According to Willie Spies, legal representative of AfriForum, the national standards for water supply and conservation stipulate that municipalities must provide a minimum of 25 litres of water per person per day or six kilolitres per household per month for all communities. This basic requirement has not been met in the Makhado area for months. AfriForum wants to assist the community by applying for a court order to compel the City Council to meet the minimum requirements.

The City Council has until 3 August 2012 to indicate which steps will be taken to fulfil its duty. If the council does not respond by that date, AfriForum will apply for a court order in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. – Source: AfriForum

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