What are we becoming?

We once knew the difference between a hero and a celebrity. We once applauded that which was for decency and knowing the difference between right and wrong. We once respected those living to make our world a better place.

What has happened to decency and respect? We have the protection for all types of madness and lifestyles yet the simple decency is lacking from our society. Selfish behaviour such as of recent- stockpiling and the tyrannical imposition of society turning in on itself so to save themselves. Destroying the structures built by those sacrifices of hardships and toil from the preceding generations, they were not mere celebrities- they were heroes, heroes with substance to their name.

Does our behaviour need to be now regulated, for we as a society no longer know what’s wrong from right? Gone are the moral boundary markers for in the name of art and free choice we are embracing an antinomianism approach for this new dawn.

A dawn of no absolutes, boundaries and no morals. Such perversions are applauded as progressive. The media, flexing its muscles as it relieves lady Justice of her duties. However with open bias and shoddy scales, she stands as a prostitute to the highest bidder- as a self-proclaimed justice of society without any decency or shame.

Chowing the Money

Please dear government – instead of torturing and progressively bleeding the country dry of its assets, and mocking the country on the international platform. Why don’t you guys just clear its bank accounts and retire to Cuba or some socialistic state where your ideologies could be lived out.

Please dear government – instead of torturing and progressively bleeding the country dry of its assets, and mocking the country on the international platform. Why don’t you guys just clear its bank accounts and retire to Cuba or some socialistic state where your ideologies could be lived out.

Check to see how it works in reality than in theory. You see, the young are waiting for your entire generation to depart with its bitterness and anger, and love to see the pain revenged for what the Whites have done.

Love, unity and peace seems to be a foreign concept and that not of the culture in keeping of Baba Madiba. You lot are like ravenous wolves, you chow each other and you chow the rest of the country’s resources.

It’s clear that intelligence has a minority stakeholdership in your list of priorities for the love of money has consumed you. So expressing our issues wouldn’t matter for the poor has nothing to offer you except the vote… maybe they too would become smarter to see your game!

The Problem with Blind Obedience…and what of Religion?

A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act and without limitations of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority.

Facts of recent history and observation in daily life suggest that for many people obedience may be a deeply ingrained behavior tendency, indeed, a prepotent impulse overriding training in ethics, sympathy, and moral conduct.

The German Officer Corp were brought up in the most rigorous code of obedience in the name of obedience they were party to, and assisted in, the most wicked large scale actions in the history of the world. The Nazi extermination of European Jews is the most extreme instance of abhorrent immoral acts carried out by thousands of people in the name of obedience.

These inhumane policies may have originated in the mind of a single person, but they could only have been carried out on a massive scale if a very large number of people obeyed orders.

The person who, with inner conviction, loathes stealing, killing, and assault may find himself performing these acts with relative ease when commanded by authority. Behaviour that is unthinkable in an individual who is acting on his own may be executed without hesitation when carried out under orders.

The essence of obedience consists in the fact that a person comes to view himself as the instrument for carrying out another persons wishes, and he therefore no longer regards himself as responsible for his actions.

….and what of religion?

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Muslim protesters take part in a demonstration outside the Danish embassy in London, Friday Feb. 3, 2006. Hundreds of people protested against the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

 

 

 

 

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source: Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View by Stanley Milgram, Philip Zimbardo (ISBN: 9781905177325)

A Picture from my day!

On a busy main road this morning I happened to see a common site most South Africans would, to that are the beggars at the traffic junctions. However, I must admit this was my first time witnessing such a desperate and reckless beggar on his knees on a very busy motorway junction.

On a busy main road this morning I happened to see a common site most South Africans would, to that are the beggars at the traffic junctions. However, I must admit this was my first time witnessing such a desperate and reckless beggar on his knees on a very busy motorway junction.

Many of these beggars are not South African, they have come into the country illegally by bribing officers at the border controls. Gilbert (27), a Zimbabwean told me how easy it is to come into South Africa without proper documentation. He mentioned that it usually cost R2500 to bribe the border control officers. Once they arrive in the country – many cannot find jobs and some don’t have enough to find accommodation thereby the parks have become illegal migrant havens to sleep, bathe and congregate.

Many of such individuals have no identity proof, there are no records of their existence in South Africa and thus it is the perfect condition for organised crime. Much of Johannesburg is slowly being taken over by such migrants with dilapidated, unsanitary and informal businesses on the road-side all trying to make a living.

Intolerance & Controversy over Imminent Precipice of Land Distribution Reached

Land redistribution has been a subject well-known to cause a stir in the melting pot of racial tension in South Africa. Equal rights are being rightfully demanded from all racial groups and opinions involved; however the balance of land division has not yet been established to a degree that is found to satisfy all parties.

Land redistribution has been a subject well-known to cause a stir in the melting pot of racial tension in South Africa. Equal rights are being rightfully demanded from all racial groups and opinions involved; however the balance of land division has not yet been established to a degree that is found to satisfy all parties. Without distribution that leaves all South African’s united in matching views on the worth and fairness of the land being re-appropriated, there has been constant conflict, disagreements and ceaseless racial tension. A motion to be passed was revealed by Gugile Nkwinti, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform of the ruling African National Congress. Minister Nkwinti released a rather ambiguous public statement during a handover ceremony which occurred at the Kruger National Park on Monday 23rd May, 2016.

Hazy Vision of Land Distribution Future

His revelation explained the state of land redistribution forthcoming. Revealing only vague details, he stated “If you are a small-scale farm and have one-thousand four-hundred hectares, we will buy the four-hundred, and leave you with your one-thousand. We will buy the extra and redistribute it to black people.” Even though is inevitable that a full disclosure will be made available to the public in the near future, his lack of further specifics stoked a country-wide uproar of rage, opposition and yet further tension in our rainbow nation. The only elaboration that the minister divulged was that ‘land ceilings’ are to be imposed on property ranging between one-thousand and twelve-thousand hectares, these referenced as small scale farms with the deficit being claimed. This proposed upcoming amendment to the Regulation of Land Holdings Bill has been in the pipeline since the release of the Green Papers in 2011. This bill is a government discourse on the status of agricultural variables within South Africa’s emergency economy. The ANC has repeatedly assured the nation of their earnest concern to quicken the division of land, citing reasons related to the reparation of past inequalities, expansion of the local economy and the diversification and integration of social relations between individuals and entities that would not normally be exposed to each other.

Agri SA Lashes Out – No Tolerance for Upcoming Bill

The compassionate and good-spirited union of all individuals, businesses and governing bodies that make up our country, is needed for nation-wide growth, prosperity and abundance. Not every individual concerned is convinced of their ruling party’s motives. Agri SA met the motion with extreme resistance, stating that they plan to release a legal opposition to the bill. The firm view of this prominent non-profit organization of private farmers is that implementing the mandatory sale of a fixed proportion of land, as proposed, will be the same as “Gambling with food security”. President of Agri SA, Johannes Moller, also expressed that the bill would cause “fragmentation of agricultural land‚ a negative impact on productivity‚ a reduction in the profitability of agribusinesses‚ very little positive effect – or none at all – on poverty relief‚ high administration costs and a negative impact on investment in the sector”. Regardless of the outcome, it is crystal clear that with a housing deficit of 2.5 million homes and 7.5 million South Africans estimated to be homeless, the issue is becoming ever-more urgent. When combined with the inhumane living & social conditions matched with the poor infrastructure found in widespread areas of our nation, is evident that South Africa is in desperate need of healing and reparation in many forms.

 

Black men see rape as a right, says South African judge

I still have to meet a black girl who was not raped at about 12, Ms Jansen said in another repost from Ms Schutte. She told commenters on a Facebook thread that “99%” of her cases were “black fathers/uncles/brothers raping children as young as five years old”, then asked one poster: “Is this part of your culture?”

A senior white South African judge is at the centre of a fresh racism furore over comments she made that black South African men regarded rape as a cultural right.

Period, Ms Jansen said in one of Ms Schuttes reposts.

I still have to meet a black girl who was not raped at about 12, Ms Jansen said in another repost from Ms Schutte. She told commenters on a Facebook thread that “99%” of her cases were “black fathers/uncles/brothers raping children as young as five years old”, then asked one poster: “Is this part of your culture?”

On Twitter on Sunday, Ms Jansen said, apparently in response to Ms Schuttes reposts: What I stated confidentially to somebody in a position to help has been taken completely out of context.

Many South Africans took to social media, demanding Ms Jansens removal from the bench.

South Africa has some of the world’s highest rates of violent crime, a scourge often blamed on poverty, joblessness and glaring income disparities, with minority whites still often better off despite 22 years of black majority rule.

Reported cases of rape have been on the decline, according to the Institute of Security Studies think-tank, with 43,195 reported in 2014-15, down 7.4% from 2008-09, though analysts say the crime often goes unreported.

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 source:http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/black-men-see-rape-as-a-right-sayssouth-africanjudge-398827.htmlaccessedWednesday, May 11, 2016byEd Stoddard, Johannesburg.

South Africa fails to protect 363 rhinos but claims it is an improvement?

A total of 363 rhinos were poached in South Africa in the first four months of this year. That is down from 404 rhinos lost to poaching in South Africa in the same period last year. What if someone’s job depended on the safeguard of these endangered animals? Do you think the results would be the same?

A total of 363 rhinos were poached in South Africa in the first four months of this year, Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, said on Monday.

That is down from 404 rhinos lost to poaching in South Africa in the same period last year, according to official figures.

The Kruger National Park , one of Africa’s biggest game reserves in north-eastern South Africa, continued to bear the brunt of rhino poaching, losing 232 rhinos from January to April, said Molewa.

What if someone’s job depended on the safeguard of these endangered animals? Do you think the results would be the same?


Since 2008 poachers have killed at least 5,940 African rhinos……

Rhino poaching is currently at a crisis point. By the end of 2015, the number of African rhinos killed by poachers had increased for the sixth year in a row with at least 1,338 rhinos killed by poachers across Africa in 2015. These statistics are compiled by by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission’s African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG).

South Africa has by far the largest population of rhinos in the world and is an incredibly important country for rhino conservation. However rhino poaching levels have dramatically escalated over recent years. The below graph shows the exponential increase in poaching from 2007 – 2015.

1,175 rhinos were poached in South Africa during 2015, a slight decrease on the previous year when a record 1,215 rhinos were illegally killed. This is the first time the country has recorded a dip in poaching levels since 2007, when the rate of poaching began to escalate rapidly.

Although it is encouraging to see South Africa’s poaching levels fall slightly, poaching losses are still extremely high. 40 fewer rhinos killed in 2015 than in 2014 is statistically insignificant when you’re talking such large numbers of poaching deaths.

2015 South African rhino poaching

Above: Graph showing South African rhino poaching statistics using data published by South African Department of Environmental Affairs (2016)

Worryingly, the crisis has spread to neighbouring countries in southern Africa, with Namibia and Zimbabwe experiencing an exponential increase in poaching. During 2015, Namibia lost 80 rhinos to poaching, up from 25 in 2014 and just two in 2012. In Zimbabwe, it is reported that at least 50 rhinos were poached last year, more than double the previous year. For Africa as a whole, the total number of rhinos poached during 2015 was the highest in two decades.

Rhinos were once abundant throughout Africa and Asia with an approximated worldwide population of 500 000 in the early twentieth century. However, despite intensive conservation efforts, poaching of this iconic species is dramatically increasing, pushing the remaining rhinos closer and closer towards extinction. The Western black rhino was declared extinct by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in 2011, with the primary cause identified as poaching. In fact, all five remaining rhinos species are listed on the IUCN Redlist of threatened species, with three out of five species classified as critically endangered.

The current poaching crisis is attributed to the growing demand for rhino horn in Asian countries, mainly Vietnam and China. Vietnam has been identified as the largest user country of rhino horn. Although rhino horn has no scientific medical benefits, consumers are using it to treat a wide range of conditions, from cancer to hangovers, and due to its high value it is now also used as a status symbol by wealthy individuals. The high price fetched for the horn has attracted the involvement of ruthless criminal syndicates who use high-tech equipment to track down and kill the rhinos.To learn more about the threats to rhino please click here.

Law enforcement plays a crucial role in deterring poachers, however there is no single answer to combat the current poaching crisis. A variety of strategies are needed to combat poaching including rigorous anti-poaching and monitoring patrols, community conservation and environmental education schemes, captive breeding, translocations and demand reduction projects in Asia. If you want to contribute to these efforts and be a part of saving the worlds remaining rhino please click here to find out more about supporting Save the Rhino International.

 

 


source:https://www.savetherhino.org/rhino_info/poaching_statistics/ picture property of brendonnaicker.org

Vandalising Educational Institutions are becoming the Norm

Vuwani residents are protesting against the creation of a new municipality which will include Malamulele residents so resulting to the burning of schools to gain attention.

Limpopo police say nine schools were set alight in Vuwani and Levubu last night, allegedly by angry protesters, bringing the total number of schools torched this week to 13.

On Monday, four schools were also vandalised after being informed that a high court dismissed their application to exclude their area from a new municipality.

This was a stern warning from a Vuwani resident who pre-empted the burning of yet another school on Saturday morning.

Despite the increased police presence police confirmed on Saturday that another school was set alight in Vuwani.

Police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said a school which had been previously vandalised by protesters was torched on Saturday morning, putting the number of schools set alight at 20.

There are 20 burnt school and four damaged school, he said.

 

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source:http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/let-the-schools-burn-let-them-burn-vuwani-resident-20160507accessed08/05/16

South African Parliament in chaos again

Several EFF MPs appeared to be harshly manhandled. One bouncer could be seen holding an MP in a lock around his neck while EFF MP Nazier Paulsen who tried to fight back was also harshly dealt with.

President Jacob Zumas first appearance in parliament since the courts made two damning rulings against him got off to a bumpy start on Wednesday when rowdy EFF members were ejected from the National Assembly.

The EFF wrote a letter to speaker Baleka Mbete asking that Zuma not be allowed to speak in the National Assembly as he had violated the Constitution and also faced the reinstatement of corruption charges.

In the first court ruling against Zuma the Constitutional Court found that Zuma had failed to uphold respect and defend the Constitution.

EFF leader Julius Malema vowed after the ruling that Zuma would not be allowed to address parliament.

The second court ruling by the North Gauging High Court found the National Prosecuting Authority was wrong to drop fraud corruption and racketeering charges against him relating to the arms deal.

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source:http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2016/05/04/WATCH-Fists-fly-as-EFF-members-are-violently-removed-from-Parliament

Are these the acts of students or barbarians?

I supported the #feesmustfall protest, I particularly respected the manner in which it was conducted – encompassing the diversity from varying backgrounds and the negotiations which led to reform. However, I believe that many are now attempting to boycott this type of “protest vehicle” and use it to the furtherance of their political agenda. A specific political party (to which I will refrain from mentioning) is using the students as mere pawns.

I supported the #feesmustfall protest, I particularly respected the manner in which it was conducted – encompassing the diversity from varying backgrounds and the negotiations which led to reform. However, I believe that many are now attempting to boycott this type of “protest vehicle” and use it to the furtherance of their political agenda. A specific political party (to which I will refrain from mentioning) is using the students as mere pawns.

Student protests should be encouraged however management must respond decisively as it appears that the Media adds fuel to this fire by marketing the protesters grievances and displaying uncivilised behaviour thus giving rise to other national supporters. Therefore, governing bodies should be ready to act swiftly and expel and prosecute those who are participating in criminal damage to their property.

We have a duty to call the burning down and violent protests as acts of barbarianism and not that of the educated. Their lack of creativity and originality in order to make headlines shows that the heritage of their country is secondary in comparison to their demands – hence burning and destroying of our historical buildings and paintings. It’s cheap and its spine chilling to come to realise that these vandals will soon be in places of leadership. We should not support any student destructive protests which are politically motivated by politicians.

 

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picture source: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/north-west-university-in-south-africa-closed-indefinitely-after-students-burn-buildings-in-council-a6895281.htmlaccessed26/02/16