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Barbarians!

19 Nov

Barbarians!

Today is just my day for bitching I suppose.

In this morning’s news there is an article which got me thinking on the barbaric methods used to kill or mutilate rhinos in the last while. The article this morning reported on the rustling of ten head of cattle from a farm just east of Pretoria, South Africa.

The cattle were driven a total of 20 kms towards a township, Daveyton, where the rustlers then proceed to use pangas (a broad heavy knife of E African origin, used as a tool or weapon) to hack the  large tendon at the point of the hock which then means the animal is totally unable to stand on its hind legs.  (This was also used by the Mau Mau in Kenya some years ago. They did this deliberately to cattle owned by white people.)

Then they proceeded to stab the cows with knives hoping to kill them.

What is even more horrific is that they started to hack pieces of flesh off while the cows were still alive! This was obviously done as speed was of the essence, and they could then just disappear into the township with their ill-gotten gains.

The police who arrived at the sight phoned the farmer and informed him of the situation. The farmer then made his way to the sight where he hoped to be able to at least save some of the meat for use on his farm. On his arrival he found nearly 150 of the local population armed with bowls and knives, cutting off chunks of meat for themselves. When the farmer started loading the carcasses the locals started swearing and shouting at him wanting to know what right he had to remove them.

It seems that if something gets stolen from you the right of ownership is also transferred to whoever is then in possession of it!

To date only 3 people have been arrested for being in possession of stolen meat. They say they just happened on the carcasses and thought it would be better not to waste the meat, so they helped themselves. No rustlers have been arrested.  

 

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10 responses to “Barbarians!

  1. Pussycat44

    19/11/2012 at 14:22

    I remember seeing that happen in the film Africa Adios many years ago. Nothing had changed, except the location!

     
    • paul

      19/11/2012 at 18:14

      Africa Adieu – remember it getting banned here in South Africa? The goverment of the time didnt want any locals to get ideas! But I agree with you that nothing has changed, which is very sad. More than 40 years have passed but we have learnt nothing.

       
  2. 68ghia

    19/11/2012 at 16:25

    Yes well.
    It’s kind of sickening to have to live here, and be seen as part of what’s going on.
    So wish I could go somewhere else.

     
    • paul

      19/11/2012 at 18:09

      The pity is that over the years the whites have been browbeaten to the point where we just sit back and accept everything that happens to us even if it is bad.
      Too old to move overseas, so I’ll be staying.

       
      • 68ghia

        19/11/2012 at 18:23

        Not as if you can fight the horde Paul.
        And I’m too poor😉
        Was not even talking overseas. Botswana. South West.
        on a farm away from the world…

         
      • paul

        19/11/2012 at 18:37

        Also too poor to start all over again.
        It’s not a case of fighting the hordes on my own. I actually hate fighting.
        It’s more a case of highlighting some of the things going on that mostly get ignored. Hopefully people will start questioning what is going on.
        The cracks are really starting to show in the ranks of the ANC as well as on their alliances with the trade unions.

         
    • paul

      19/11/2012 at 18:26

      The saddest part is that I know people (both black and white) who just DONT make the effort to cast their votes when they have the opportunity. Then they bitch when things dont improve. The general feeling is that there must be change. Just a pity that the top boys have cloned our friend Mugabe’s style and are raping our country while all watch from their comfortable loungers

       
      • 68ghia

        19/11/2012 at 18:37

        They’re Africans Paul. In Africa. Things work differently here than anywhere else in the world.
        I’ve always voted, and I have always urged everybody to vote, tie the kids up and make them come with😉
        Really wish they could hear us. But we’re a few lone voices in a hurricane of noise – and everything we say will be made off as racism.

         
      • paul

        19/11/2012 at 18:56

        We also do the voting thing, and now we try get other to vote as well.

        Similar saying – It’s like farting in a perfume factory!
        But to a trained nose, they will pick up a difference in the odour. Our hope is that the rest of the country and the world will wake up to the problems here.

        Only whites are racists according to the gospel of the ANC.🙂

         
  3. optie

    20/11/2012 at 06:14

    I love my country, I used to be a proud South Africa but it’s stories like this that turn my stomach and make me want to be a million miles from here. If I was a young adult I would definitely be leaving the country. The grass might not always be greener on the other side and the standard of living not as high but the peace of mind would be worth it. Life has become too cheap here and we are not seeing any leadership from the government. All they do is line their own pockets, build themselves mansions with bunkers while the rest of the population exists in a state of government sanctioned anarchy.

     

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