POMFRET UNDER THREAT
ONCE AGAIN UNDER ATTACK
The SA/ANC Government has tried to changed its method but remains on a path of vengeance!
We are making an URGENT plea to all those who can possibly assist us in raising the legal funds needed to stop this unconstitutional victimization of Pomfret residents by the ANC Government.
Any amount no matter how small EVEN $10 or R10 will greatly contribute towards assisting the destitute people of Pomfret and will truly be appreciated.
Anybody able to assist please see the detail at the bottom of the page.
WELCOME TO THE RAINBOW NATION
Last week in the town of Pomfret in the North West Province a scene unfolded, familiar to all those terrified, unarmed citizens who faced down Caspirs, tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets in the townships during the apartheid era. The North West Province Government has moved from its scorched earth strategy of cutting off community services to a new 'crowbar' strategy. By intimidating a few residents - mostly widows - into signing agreements to move out, they have managed to leverage in police and demolition teams, hell-bent on further terrorizing the community, destroying public property and making Pomfret unlivable, unhindered by legal processes of any description. Let's dispel the myth once and for all. Pomfret is a civilian community, in which about 5% of the population consists of SADF veterans, mostly over the age of 60. This leaves only one explanation for the current situation: a Portuguese-speaking, culturally distinct community is not welcome in the North West Province and the Government is addressing the problem using what can only be called ethnic cleansing. Welcome to the Rainbow Nation.
VICTIMISATION OF THE PEOPLE OF POMFRET CONTINUES AS ANC CELEBRATES "VICTORY" AT CUITO
~Statement by Chris Hattingh MPL - DA Leader North West~
19 March 2008
The intimidation and victimisation of the people of Pomfret escalated during the past week. This happened in spite of agreements reached between lawyers of the community and the Premiers office on Monday morning to the effect that people of Pomfret will be allowed a period of 48 hours to decide if they wanted to leave Pomfret or elected to stay on in Pomfret. People who wanted to leave would on Wednesday morning assemble at the community hall and those who wanted to stay would remain in their houses. In addition an agreement was reached that henceforth the North West Provincial Government will subject itself to the letter of the Prevention of Illegal Evictions Act.
Reneging on the agreement demolition teams under control of the Dept of Public Works continued with their destruction of habitable houses vacated by people who elected to move to Mafikeng. In addition two houses still occupied by people who intended to stay on in Pomfret were also ransacked with all the furniture and curtains stolen.
In addition the Dept of Public Works is busy vandalising the water infrastructure by breaking pipes and removing taps. If and when the water supply to Pomfret is repaired the vandalised water reticulation system will ensure that the people of Pomfret remain without water.
The intensified intimidation and victimisation of the people comes in the week when the ANC is celebrating the “victory” at Cuito Cuanavale - a further indication of the vindictive and political nature of the ANC goverment's campaign against the Portuguese speaking SA citizens of Pomfret.
SAPS members "confiscated" (Stole?) all military medals in the possession of ex-combatants who chose to be relocated. Military service certificates and any clothing or personal items that had any links with former 32Bn were also "confiscated". No authorisation for this action could be presented neither were any receipts given to the people from whom this was taken. It is clear that the reality of the 1987 -1988 Cuban-Fapla humiliation in South East Angola in which 32Bn participated remains a serious and unforgivenable issue even 20 years after the event.
It is clear that the objective that the objective to break up the Portuguese speaking community and to disperse them to locations far apart remains intact. This can be regarded as ethnic cleansing reminiscent of the Apartheid era.
The Molopo Local Municipality also joined the latest ANC driven "free for all" against the Pomfret citizens by closing the municipal office and by removing all the chairs, tables and all other equipment from the Pomfret community hall. Church services and community meetings will now have to be held with people sitting on the floor.
The local clinic has also been closed and health services for the 5000 SA citizens have become non-existent. The death of an epileptic girl can be linked to the closure of the clinic and the subsequent limited medicine supply.
In what must be regarded as one of the major achievements for the ANC Local Municipality - if judged by the deep and saddening impact on the community - the chairs (infant size), children's toys, stove and refrigerator were removed from the local crèche and taken to Tosca on a municipal bakkie, leaving the infants without any equipment or furniture in a barren building without any means to have food prepared.
The events of the past weeks disrupted activities at the Pomfret school and teaching was suspended.
The DA regards the intimidation and victimisation of the people of Pomfret as not only illegal but also as gross human rights violations.
The DA welcomes the presence of members of the Human Rights Commission from time to time at Pomfret and will also accompanying concerned foreigners to Pomfret to witness the statutory abuse of SA citizens by the ANC Government.
The DA also supports pending legal action after these gross human rights violations.
POMFRET HOUSES DEMOLISHED UNDER ARMED SAPS PROTECTION
12 March 2008
The DA in the North West is extremely concerned about the actions of officials of the Department of Public Works. Within minutes after 35 families were removed from Pomfret to houses in Mafikeng contractors moved in to demolish perfectly habitable houses.
In a style reminiscent of the apartheid era a considerable police force armed with R4 rifles and shotguns was present on the site and rubber bullets were fired at people observing the demolishing of the houses. People were forcefully prohibited from taking photographs of the demolished houses.
The 35 families agreed during a meeting two weeks ago to be moved to Mafikeng.
The majority of inhabitants of Pomfret refused to be moved, did not sign the required documentation and walked out of the meeting.
The Department of Public Works in its budget allocated R115 million for maintenance and improvement of Pomfret during the current financial year – however the Department stopped all work at Pomfret very soon after they started with the work.
The North West Provincial Government almost became obsessive with the removal of the Pomfret people – this obsession escalated after the Equatorial New Guinea / Harare incident in which a few of former 32Bn members were allegedly involved.
The persecution of the people of Pomfret started very soon after the 1994 elections and appears to vested in the successes achieved by 32Bn during the Namibia border war and the War in Angola. The former MEC for Local Government and Housing in the North West, Frans Vilakazi, in referring to the people of Pomfret, said in the North West Legislature that the people of Pomfret were a problem in past, remains a problem at present and will be a problem in the future – summarizing the vindictive attitude of the ANC Provincial Government against some South African citizens.
Pomfret was rehabilitated from an asbestos threat many years ago – however the rehabilitated areas were neglected and requires minor maintenance and upgrading. The North West Provincial Government, while motivating the removal of the Pomfret people on the basis of a presumed (unproven) health risk in the same time continues with a housing project at the nearby asbestos contaminated Heuningvlei.
The deliberate neglect of the Pomfret infrastructure over years – resulting in the disruption of water supply, electricity and sewerage services for weeks at a time did not dampen the spirit of the proud people of Pomfret. Even the threats by a high ranking SANDF officer, Genl Moerane that the people of Pomfret “will smell coffin” did not discourage the people.
The DA will continue to support the people of Pomfret against the statutory abuse by state agencies and will report abuses at the Human Rights Commission in anticipation of an in-depth investigation.
DA Provincial Leader
PLEASE HELP BY CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS THE EFFORT TO SAVE THE
32 BATTALION PORTUGUESE SPEAKING POMFRET COMMUNITY
Any donation no matter how small, will be gratefully accepted!
Donations can be submitted to
32Bn Veterans Association
First National Bank, Centurion.
Branch Code: 261550
Cheque Acc No: 62123516653
SWIFT Code: FIRNZAJJ926
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PLEASE HELP US TO LEGALLY ENSURE THAT OUR "OLD" VETERANS Incl THE DISABLED AND THEIR FAMILIES CAN LIVE IN PEACE IN POMFRET.
For all concerns and queries please feel free to contact Richard or Angela
All material published on this page is the view and comments of the specific writer and is not the Official View or Comment of the 32 Battalion Veterans Association nor that of the Pomfret Community who risk further victimisation