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Schreiner Skrywersfees,
Reuse Sukses
CRADOCK
Die derde Schreiner Skrywersfees wat verlede naweek op die dorp gehou is, was ‘n reuse sukses en van die bydraes wat gemaak is, sal nog lank oor gepraat word.
Die fees het Donderdag, op Vrouedag, afgeskop en hulde is aan verskeie vroue van die plaaslike skrywers-gemeenskap gebring. Besoekers het eerstens geleentheid gekry om ‘n na ‘n praatjie oor die durf en daad van die twee Schreiner susters, Olive en Henrietta, te luister terwyl die plante waarna Olive Schreiner in haar boeke verwys, later onder die loep gekom het.
Tydens Donderdagaand se funksie is daar nog steeds hulde aan vroulike skrywers met ‘n Cradock verbintenis gebring. EKM Dido, wat vroeër jare ‘n leerling aan die plaaslike Katolieke Kloosterskool was, het vertel hoe haar eerste boek, “Die Storie van Monica Peters” die lig gesien het terwyl Sigi Howes van Kaapstad oor die Victoriaanse kinderskrywer, Iris Vaughan gepraat het.
Vrydagoggend se fokus was op prof. Guy Butler se lewe In Cradock en besoekers het geleentheid gekry om met ‘n staptoer, verskillende van die geskiedkundige geboue waarmee Guy Butler grootgeword het, te besoek.
Oor die middaguur is Clinton du Plessis se nuwe digbundel, “Flitse” onder groot belangstelling bekendgestel en het die beeldhouer, Frans Boekkooi van Nieu Bethesda, vertel hoe literatuur ook kuns kan inspireer. Hy het twee van sy beelde, Visman Steier en Karoo Engel uitgestal en vertel hoe hulle met inspirasie van Etienne van Heerden se boek, “Die stilswye van Mario Salviati” tot stand gekom het.
Vrydagaand het die gevierde Afrikaanse skrywer, Etienne van Heerden sy nuwe boek, “Haai Karoo” bekendgestel en kon feesgangers ook na Aubrey Jones, ‘n kenner op die gebied, luister na Suid Afrikaanse bekendstelling van sy boek, “Scott’s Forgotten Surgeon”. Die boek handel oor die lewe van Reginald Koettlitz, ‘n Engelse dokter en ontdekkingsreisiger wat uiteindelik op Cradock begrawe is.
Wat moontlik die hoogtepunt van vanjaar se fees was, was die opvoering “An Audience with Miss Hobhouse” wat handel oor Emily Hobhouse se ondersoek na konsentrasiekampe gedurende die Anglo Boereoorlog.
Hoërskool Cradock se teatergroep het groot sukses behaal met hulle opvoerings van “Dis nie my Baby nie”, “Wit Leuens en Swart Dade” en “Bly” wat deur Melina Smit geskryf is.
CRADOCK
Clinton V du Plessis, plaaslike skrywer en digter, se nuwe digbundel, wat tydens die Schreiner Skrywersfees sy digbundel,“Flitse”, onder groot belangstelling bekendgestel het.

14 ROWERS VAS NA FLINKE POLISIE

OPTREDE OP FORT BEAUFORT
deur. A.N. Venter
FORT BEAUFORT:
‘n Totaal van veertien rowers is binne die bestek van ‘n paar uur Maandag op Fort Beaufort aangekeer na ‘n gewaagde rooftog voor die bankperseel van ENB kort na 8h30. Luidens ao Bradley Rawlinson, kommunikasiebeampte van die plaaslike polisie het vyf gewapende mans geldwagte van ‘n plaaslike sekuriteitsmaatskappy omstreeks 8h40 voor die bank van hul wapens en geldtrommels beroof en te voet op die vlug geslaan.
Die polisie se hulp is ingeroep en nadat leidrade opgevolg is is drie van die rowers gearresteer. Nog elf mans wat met die rooftog verbind word is ure later in ‘n huis op die dorp in hegtenis geneem.. Die vermoede bestaan dat ‘n sindikaat wat rooftogte in die omgewing beplan vanuit hierdie huis bedrywig was. Twee vuurwapens wat by die geldwagte afgeneem is asook ‘n onbekende bedrag geld is teruggevind. Die polisie het ook op vier voertuie beslag gelê.
Mnr. Deon Ferreira, eienaar van Delyn Sekuriteit op die dorp het in ‘n onderhoud bevestig dat 5 geldtrommels van ses van sy kliënte tydens die voorval geroof is. Die totale waarde van die geld in die trommels was R218 000, het Ferreira by navraag gesê. Teen druktyd was die polisie nog besig om die huis vir verdere leidrade te deursoek. Luidens ao Rawlinson kan nog arrestasies volg. In nog ‘n voorval is ‘n gewapende man die afgelope Vrydag in hegtenis geneem na ‘n mislukte poging om ‘n tandartspraktyk op die dorp te beroof.
Die spoghuis in Hutchinsonstraat, Fort Beaufort waar polisie Maandag elf vermeende rowers na ‘n rooftog op die dorp vasgetrek het. Nog drie rowers is vroeër in hegtenis geneem. Die polisie ondersoek die moontlikheid van ‘n roofsindikaat wat vanuit die huis bedryf is.

Eastern Cape Farm Attackers
Arrested in Knysna
Knysna Police in conjunction with Provincial Traffic officers, made a major breakthrough in the most recent Eastern Cape farm attack which claimed the life of the 70-year-old Jansenville farmer, Owen Charles.
Last night (Monday, 13 August 2012) at approximately 18:50 a Provincial Officer on patrol in the Plettenberg Bay area spotted a Isuzu Frontier entering Beacon Valley Road. Being vigilant he noticed that the vehicle had no front or rear number plates which created immediate suspicion. He immediately gave chase as the suspicious vehicle sped away in the direction of Knysna.
Near Kwanokuthula the occupants of the suspicious vehicle suddenly opened fire on the Traffic Vehicle causing the driver to retreat to a safer following distance. The officer then called for reinforcements from the Knysna police and other traffic officer on duty at the time who joined the chase shortly thereafter.
As the suspicious vehicle entered Knysna the driver lost control near the George Rex junction with the N2. The vehicle overturned and careered down the steep embankment and landed in a ditch.
Police arrested five of the occupants which include a 22 year old girl and four teenage boys between the ages 12 and 17. The girl and two of the teenage boys sustained serious injuries and was taken under police guard to a local hospital for medical treatment before being admitted. The other two had been detained at the Knysna SAPS holding cells.
Police found six firearms, which include a 12 gauge shot gun and five hunting rifles with ammunition as well as stolen goods such as cameras, Binoculars, clothing, liquor and an undisclosed amount of cash. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle and the stolen items is the property of the 70 year farmer that was killed during a farm attack in the Eastern Cape.
It is believed that a sixth occupant/suspect is at large after he fled on foot from the scene. It is believed that he is 22 years of age of medium build and was dressed in white Hi Tech top. It is further reported that he sustained facial injuries. The suspect is regarded to be armed and dangerous and should not be confronted. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect is requested to contact the Crime Stop number 08600 10111.
It is expected that the accused will make their first court appearance soon. The investigation will be conducted by the Hawk’s Organised Crime Investigation Unit.
A Jansenville farmer was shot dead on his farm over the weekend. It is not a once-off murder, but the latest in a persistently escalating string of farm attacks. Tholeni Village, for instance, has been labelled the ‘village of death’. Another murder there over the weekend is one of dozens in the last year.
Farm murders must be put to an end
Another farmer was shot dead over the weekend on his farm in the Eastern Cape. Owen Charles has served his Jansenville community in myriad ways as a liberal activist over the last two decades. His wife Jenny is in hospital in critical condition with multiple stab wounds. We wish to convey our deepest empathy and condolences to the Charles Family.
This senseless loss of life is a tragedy not only in itself, but also for the knock-on effects that such a murder has on rural communities across the country. It is not a once-off murder, but the latest in a persistently escalating string of farm attacks. Tholeni Village, for instance, has been labelled the ‘village of death’. Another murder there over the weekend is one of dozens in the last year, and one of more than 3000 attacks since 1994.
The failure of government to prevent farm murders is one of collective governance. There is clearly a lack of political will to protect farmers and farm-workers, even though farm workers are the ones whose families are most in jeopardy as a result of these attacks. This lack of political will translates into a lack of any robust plan for rural safety. Meanwhile, ministers have spent a collective R530.6 million of taxpayers’ money on VIP protection services to ensure their own personal safety over 2010/11.
In the midst of rising food prices and impending food insecurity, the negative downstream effects of even one farm murder cannot be overstated. It creates the kind of insecurity that disincentivises both investment and reinvestment in agriculture, a cornerstone of government’s draft National Development Plan. The cost is ultimately felt by all South Africans. Taking out a progressive farmer is like removing a spoke in the wheel of rural economies. It has a devastating effect all along the supply chain, leading to joblessness and further entrenching avoidable poverty.
The DA has made repeated calls for rural safety units to be established, yet Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has done nothing to fill the security void left when the commando system was finally disbanded in 2009. The ministers of Agriculture and Rural Development seem to think the issue is either not their responsibility or insufficiently important to take seriously.
My colleague Dianne Kohler-Barnard last month wrote to the Minister of Police and the new National Police Commissioner to ask where government’s proposed rural safety plan is. National Spokesperson Mmusi Maimane has sent a copy of the DA’s rural safety plan blueprint to the president. Neither action has elicited even the courtesy of a response.
Clearly those at the highest level of government have more concern for their own safety than the safety of those who feed the nation.

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