Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why do black youths get military training in SAfrican squatter camps? PRAAG expose, documents, pics

Description Why do blacks youths get military training in SAfrican squatter camps? ================================= 14 Sept 2012 - In an exclusive expose, the Pro-Afrikaans Action Group (PRAAG) revealed that a secret youth-militia is being trained in squatter camps around Johannesburg. (also: our previous article on training of black youths in squatter camps and at Narysec: ================================ After their training these youths receive a monthly R2,200 paid out to them in cash by people who travel in state-vehicles with government license plates. (note by editor: the 'Narysec*' recruits receive a stipend of only R1,320 per month). Praag obtained first-hand information that the training could be related to the government's so-called National Rural Youth Service Corps, NASYREC* (details below this article). However other than Narysec, the secret youth militia is 'purely military', writes PRAAG, noting that a special focus in training the youth-militias in the use of automatic military carbines is seen. "Apparently the new youth-militia is under the control of specially-selected police officers,' he writes. "It is known that a considerable number of SAPS-members are former members of the ANC militia during its armed struggle, Umkhonto We Sizwe (Spear of the Nation). PRAAG has a secret security report in which it is described how a captain Mokwena of the Muldersdrift SAPS has been training black youths in squatter camps since Oct/November 2011 including at the Joe Slovo squatter camp near Lanseria airport. Mokwena is involved in the community-policing forums in the area. According to the report 'several meetings were held at the Joe Slovo Squatter camp in which youths were told that they are being recruited for the SAPS forum'. "Only youths with matric-certificates were being sought for training. They were also told that they would have to attend lectures and would receive a monthly salary for doing so.' In the Joe Slovo squatter camp a police-forum member, Ms Ntshabeleng, helped captain Mokwena recruit about ten members from the squatter camp, and similar recruitments also took place in other squatter camps in the same area.' PRAAG notes that the safety in the Muldersdrift area has become very tenuous for residents with the number of very violent crimes and murders rising. The Johannesburg English-language newspaper The Star reported on 11 September 2012 that 93% of all the households in one single street in Muldersdrift alone - a largely semi-rural area mainly occupied by Afrikaans-speaking working class-whites - was targetted frequently by violent crime-gangs. After the cold-blooded attack on the Botha family this week, during which the 13-year-old Allyssa Botha was murdered execution-style, the Bothas neighbours also were attacked by a black male gang using similiary aggressive methods. It's also noted that very little of value is taken during such attacks. A security expert questioned by PRAAG said: "If 93% of all the households in one area are attacked like that, can one still be speaking about 'crime'. Or is this a war. Is it sheer coincidence that this secret youth militia is being trained exactly in the same area and is operating here?" On 13 Feb 2011 at 10h00 Capt Mokwena addressed trainees for the youth-militia in the Joe Slovo squatter camp, telling them that 'those who were trained in 2010 would be sent for training to Bloemfontein'. He also announced that only one youth per squatter camp would be selected, and that they would be about sixty all told from one area. They would leave 15 February 2011 for their six-month training session. Besides poor black youths, convicted criminals also are recruited for the SANDF, writes PRAAG. 'A well-known criminal identified by his first name of Smanga, also was 'selected' for training in Bloemfontein, and his brother Mazambia is serving a sentence for armed robbery, while his second brother Tebogo is being sought by the Muldersdrift and Brits SAPS for armed robberies and break-ins. According to the security-document, Smanga left for training at Tempe SANDF-base in Bloemfontein on Feb 15 2012. Capt Mokwena visits the Joe Slovo squatter camp frequently since February 2011 and also told other youths recruited for the militia that they would get training 'somewhere in the Cape'. On March 2011 Capt Mokwena visited the Slovo camp at 19h00 and said the youths sent for training to Bloemfontein would be back within that week and that 'the Youth Desk' would start Monday 7 March 2011. An alternative term also used was the 'Task Desk'. While the ANC was in exile it showed a preference for using the word 'Desk', such as as in "Cultural Desk", "Foreign Desk", etc., The Joe Slovo squatter camp - similarly to other such settlements in the area - is widely viewed as an 'ANC-fortress' where no other other political party is tolerated. Residents will only discuss this if they can remain anonymous: political intimidation is rife and there even are rumours that known political opponents from other parties are killed. The criminal recruit Smanga was back on the Joe Slovo squatter camp on Friday 19 March 2011 at 19h30 according to the report. He told remaining recruits that; Mre than 40 black youths were trained at the SANDF base in Bloemfontein That they were trained in self-defence They were trained to use automatic carbines ( he showed photos where he was photographed with such weapons); That they get a certificate proving they were trained there; That the certificate can be used to join the SANDF and the SAPS;; That the next group of youths would leave for their training on 24 March 2011; That the next training session would take place in the Western Cape; That their official name is the 'Task Desk'; That they still receive a salary; That the training is 'very strict and that he cannot recommend anyone to undergo it' He wore a uniform consisting of a brown shirt and green trousers, and on his photos he also wore a hat. Reportedly the youths were 'shocked' to hear about the strict military nature of the training and that some showed an unwillingness to continue with the project after the meeting. Calls requesting to speak to Capt Mokwena at the Muldersdrift SAPS station obtained no response. Also: Blacks with criminal records CAN legally get govt jobs in SA: but whites with clean police-records CANNOT --------------------------------------- *NARYSEC: official SA government statement: training of black recruits: "to create sustainable job opportunities in the countryside': " The rollout of CRDP to more rural sites on track and NARYSEC making gains " 30 Mar 2011 - Momentum in war to create sustainable job opportunities in the countryside The Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti, together with MECs responsible for rural development in the provinces, considered and took several major decisions at yesterday’s MINMEC meeting, on issues ranging from bringing social and economic development to 160 rural wards throughout the country, jobs creation for rural youths to the speeding up of effective land reform as a lever for social and economic development in the country. The MINMEC meeting, constituted by the Minister Nkwinti and MECS responsible for rural development, took place yesterday in Ekurhuleni, West Rand.The meeting agreed on modalities for the effective implementation and management of the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP) in rural wards, strategies to create sustainable, quality jobs linked to skills development for youths in rural areas and strategies to deal with challenges facing land reform. To rollout the CRDP sites to 160 rural wards by 2014, the meeting agreed on a CRDP management model, which amongst others, spelt out the different roles for the Rural Development and Land Reform Ministry, the Premiers’ Offices, the MECs, the District and Municipality Mayors as well as the role of the community members and the civil society in the rural areas. Whilst the Ministry will be responsible for CRDP programme development, policy and legislation development, coordination and setting norms and standards, the provinces will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the CRDP with the Premiers being the CRDP champion at provincial level.The Districts on the other hand, will be responsible for the actual implementation of the CRDP at ground level. The meeting furthermore agreed that MINMEC meetings should be held quarterly and one of the key functions of MINMEC should be to evaluate progress on the implementation of the CRDP and assess whether it is meeting its objective of creating sustainable, equitable and vibrant rural communities. Provincial Coordinating Forums, be constituted by District Mayors, Heads of Departments (HoDs) and be chaired by the MECs, should be established and meet once every two months for evaluating district reports, which are to be consolidated into provincial reports. At the district level, District Implementation Forums, constituted by Municipal Managers, Ward representatives and representatives from Council of Stakeholders and chaired by District Mayors will also meet once in two months, to look specifically at the implementation and coordination of the CRDP at local level. The MINMEC was also updated on the National Rural Youth Service Corps (NARYSEC), a flagship project designed to play a key role towards the creation of 500 000 job opportunities in the rural areas. To date, the less than two years old NARYSEC programme has already enrolled 7,956 rural youths into a two-year character building (which includes discipline, patriotism, life skills, rights awareness) and skills development programme.From April, the programme will be expanded to increase its intake from the current four youths per wardto six youths per ward. “One of the outcomes we want to achieve with NARYSEC is character development – the partnership with the military is a strategic one, as the military is one of the few institutions we have were discipline is instilled and enforced. Five hundred (500) of the NAARYSEC recruits were sent to De Brug military base in Bloemfontein, and for seven weeks these youths were exposed to character building, discipline and civic duty.Only two recruits dropped out of the programme – one indicating he has to go home to look after his sick grandmother whilst the other indicated he had subsequently been offered a job opportunity” the Minister informed the MINMEC meeting. “For seven weeks, these young people were GOING TO CHURCH & WERE NOT INDULGING IN ALCOHOL OR DRUGS. We may take these things for granted, but its importance and impact for me eloquently illustrated by one of the NARYSEC youths who requested not to be deplored to his community but somewhere else, as he had been involved in gangsterism in his hometown and does not want to go back to that life again” Minister Nkwinti reflected. Besides the soft skills, NARYSEC recruits, who supposed to be from rural wards and minimum requirements is Grade 10, also receive hard skills training – for careers as bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, welders, etc. Throughout the two years' intensive training, recruits get a stipend of R1,320 per month. Community service is central to NARYSEC and the “graduates” are expected to play a very critical role in the rollout of the CRDP in rural wards and this will encompass undertaking household profiling, construction of houses and other infrastructure in rural areas as well as mitigating disasters in the rural areas. The 500 NARYSEC recruits who recently underwent the seven weeks training at De Brug are expected to undergo a household profiling training until 30 June 2011 whilst training in trades will take place from 1 July 2011 until 15 December 2011 and the allocation of NARYSEC participants to specific projects is scheduled for 15 December 2011. In terms of the mitigation of rural disasters, 200 NARYSEC participants are to be trained as environmental monitors.These recruits, with geography and maths, will be undergo training in environmental assessment training, understanding weather patterns and climate change, GPS training, introduction to environmental management (including environmental data collection), disaster management (including flood management), first aid and fire wise training. With regards to land reform, MINMEC deliberated on the Community Property Associations (CPAs) and its execution of its mandate in holding land on behalf of the community as well as the IMPACT OF LAND ACCUMULATION BY DISPOSSESION and what its impact is on the conditions for successful development. How land reform can be a RADICAL AND RAPID MOVE from the past without impacting on agricultural production? Inquiries: Mr Eddie Mohoebi, Head of Communications Cell: 082 550 1445 Issued by: Department of Rural Development and Land Reform 30 Mar 2011

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