Brandstigting – Arson

MAASDORP:    Torch all white-owned farms? Well, says labour movement Solidarity, if this is what you suggest, we are taking you to the South African Human Rights Commission and charge you will criminal prosecution.    This decisive action comes after a call by Lindsay Maasdorp of the Black First Land First group who said that “if famers felt blessed by God when it rained on their fields, then oppressed black people could feel blessed if white-owned farms (are) burnt down”.   An apology will not replace the environment, houses and farming equipment, animals, etc.


Terrorism – Terreur


It was previously reported on this case …  not sure what happened then ..  who will pay for all the damage?  Insurances?

On Facebook Maasdorp write: “Black god needs servants in CT: wind + matches + white owned farms.” On a previous occasion, on his Facebook page, he had asked the question: “When will we kill them?”

In its complaint Solidarity petitions that those statements be investigated with a view to handing down a finding; that Maasdorp be ordered to apologise in public; and that the matter, be referred to the National Director of Public Prosecution recommending possible criminal prosecution.

Solidarity Chief Executive, Dr Dirk Hermann, says “we are astounded that steps have not yet been taken against Maasdorp.

The fact that Maasdorp’s statements – among them the question: “When can we start killing white people?” – are not denounced on the front page of every newspaper indicts politicians, opinion formers and the media of selective racism. South Africa is far too patient with crude black racism that has an overtone of violence. It should be rejected by white and black alike. Double racial standards do not belong in a democracy that rejects racism.

Hermann says his complaint is “putting the South African Human Rights Commission’s commitment to fight all forms of racism to the test. If racism has an overtone of hate violence to boot, it should not only be rejected but it should also be subjected to prosecution”.

The Western Cape is ablaze and those who are instigating the burning of farms are sitting cosily at home. Utterances such as those inflame a climate in which the burning down of farms is being justified. This was not merely an incitation to violence; a hate speech element is also evident. The call was specifically to raze the farms of white people, creating in its wake a climate that justifies violence on white people”.



But Enviro Wildfire Services, a private company which does forensic investigations into fires for insurance companies, cautioned against blaming anybody without evidence.
The damage done

Initial estimates were that 1600ha had been burnt in Simon’s Town and 3 000ha around Somerset West.

Since the fires started at the beginning of 2017, damage includes:

– 40% of Vergelegen wine farm, which was founded around 300 years ago, according to its website,
– Four holiday huts out of 200 at the Goudini Spa resort in the Slanghoek Valley, owned by the Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereeniging (Afrikaans language and culture society), near Worcester;
– Parts of billionaire businessman Christo Wiese’s wine estate Lourensford in the Helderberg mountains near Somerset West, also founded in the 1700s;
– A childhood home of Afrikaans literary figure and language promotor Totius in the Paarl region;
– Druk My Niet wine estate in Paarl, which was first bought by Huguenot Francois du Toit in 1692, according to the company’s website, and is now owned by the Kirchners, originally from Germany.

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