Fires set by angry residents as squalid camp demolished
Fresh fires broke out yesterday in the “Jungle” on the second day of operations to dismantle the squalid migrant camp in northern France, sending people fleeing with their meagre belongings.
Huge clouds of black smoke billowed over the sprawling settlement near the port city of Calais, which the French authorities said they expected to finish clearing by the evening.
Scores of riot police were massed on the outskirts of the Jungle, where the flames destroyed many of the tents and makeshift shelters that had housed the thousands of migrants and refugees, including children.
Migrants and officials said the fires that blazed through the camp overnight and early yesterday had been set deliberately, and exploding gas cylinders had caused them to spread.
Police said four migrants had been arrested on suspicion of arson.
An Eritrean teenager said Afghans had started the fires.
“They are angry because the Jungle is finished and they cannot go to England,” he said.
Many migrants were seen taking selfies with flames in the background.
Scores of people escaped to an area just outside the camp.
Police barred them from going back in and they were seen on the road, some with backpacks and suitcases.
About half of the camp’s estimated6 000 to 8 000 migrants have been transferred out since Monday, boarding buses to centres around France.
Nearly 800 unaccompanied minors– whose fate has been a key cause of concern on both sides of the Channel– have been moved to shipping containers converted into temporary shelters in the Jungle.
Meanwhile, workers in orange overalls ramped up demolition operations, tearing down tents and make shift shelters at the lawless camp that has become a symbol of Europe’s migrant crisis.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Tuesday that all minors with proven family links in Britain would eventually be transferred there.
He said London had committed to reviewing all other cases where it was in the child’s interest to settle across the Channel.
The Jungle has for years been a launch-pad for migrants attempting to make it to Britain by sneaking onto trucks or jumping onto trains heading across the Channel.
STUDENT (S): “Amandla, Professor!” PROFESSOR (P): “No, I’m sorry, my name is not Amandla, but how are you?” S: “No fine. Just got back from a protest and we burnt a building on campus and torched a police van.”
P: “And you’re proud of yourself?” S: “You see, that’s the problem with your generation, Prof. We are talking past each other. Why are you suddenly against violence? Remember, the ANC made the decision to take up arms against injustice? When the state would not listen to the masses of our people, the liberation movements decided there was a need for a militant response.”
P: “True, but this is not apartheid, this is a constitutional democracy. You express yourself through the ballot box, not through violence.”
S: “Well, you know what they say, Prof, ‘voting helps but violence works’. Here we are, and my family still lives in a shack and I still can’t afford to study at university. So what must I do? Give up on my dreams? The only message the university management understands is violence.”
P: “Wait a minute! You know the management does not have money. They get the money from the government. So you chose the wrong address. You should be taking your case to parliament, to the Union Buildings and not destroy the universities.”
S: “Eish, Professor. Where did you get your degrees? This is how it works. We know the government has the money but, you see, if we pressurise the universities, the government then comes to their rescue. When we pressed for 0% fee increase in 2016, guess what? The president gave us 0% fee increase? So you see? It works. Violence delivers results.”
P: “I have to agree with you that sometimes, not all the time, the government tends to respond to violent protests more readily than to talks or even to peaceful demonstrations. In fact, I believe the president made a huge mistake by giving 0% because now violent people like you think it will happen again.”
S: “Ha ha. No, Prof. You need to do some reading. Fanon said that violence is a purifying force necessary for decolonisation. I read in social psychology some people say violence is a form of revenge, that it can restore your dignity in the face of oppression, that it gives you power in your powerlessness.”
P: “I know that literature and I think you misread Fanon. There is a much more powerful literature that says violence degrades us all, it diminishes our humanity and that when we begin to see violence as a cause-and-effect solution to our problems, then violence becomes institutionalised in society, and that is very bad.”
S: “There’s too much Mandela in your head, Prof. Why have you never spoken out against symbolic violence? Every day when I see white statues on campus and white authority in the classroom and white knowledge in the curriculum, I feel violated. That is the daily violence I suffer. Suddenly, when I burn a building, everyone shouts ‘violence’. But nobody talks about the violence visited daily on the black body. Here, too, black lives matter.”
P: “You should stop playing victim and pretend that universities have not transformed at all. I can keep you busy with a long list of things that have changed on campuses since 1994. And what is this nonsense of using American language about black victimhood when we as blacks are the majority in the country? Black Consciousness was never about being a victim. It was about being proud of your own identity and not being dependent on white people for your sense of dignity and self-worth.”
S: “No, no, no, Prof. It’s because I am not a victim that I am standing up to white supremacy. We must decolonise this space, as black people. The settlers have ruled us for too long.”
P: “Wait a minute. Are you calling whites who have lived here for generations ‘settlers’? The constitution makes black and white people citizens with the same rights under the rule of law. Is this not your real agenda? An anti-white racism that masquerades as a democratic struggle? Should we not work together to find solutions to social problems such as financial inclusion?”
S: “We tried that for 20 years and we are still in the same situation. Enough of this reconciliation talk. We must take back our country. Sorry, I have to rush, there’s a march on campus. Amandla, Prof!”
P: “Ngawethu. As in all our people, black and white.”
St George’s Park will be a hive of activity on Saturday when 800 children are expected to attend the annual KFC Mini Cricket Provincial Festival.
KFC Mini Cricketers from the Bay and surrounding areas will meet at 10am for a morning of cricket.
The festival is a showcase of young talent and gives coaches from the hubs and regional performance centres the opportunity to identify talent.
Youngsters who show promise are recruited to the hubs and regional performance centres for further elite coaching.
KFC Mini Cricket administrator Gugu Ndulama said: “We are looking forward to a great day with our young cricketers.”
“Our coaches will be on the look-out for exceptional talent and with future coaching we hope that these promising players will one day become our future stars.”
Breaking out the bubbly may be premature, but while we all could be forgiven for being more than a little circumspect about a “people’s port” and waterfront development for Port Elizabeth, at least Transnet is playing open cards now.
The trouble is that what was first mooted as a game-changer for the harbour precinct more than 20 years ago has repeatedly stalled – leading to understandable cynicism as to whether anything like the plans and artists’ impressions which have been intermittently dished out will ever materialise.
However, the parastatal now has some firm strategies and proposals in place which encompass a much greater vision than just a multi-attraction tourism drawcard, but also feed into what is already a service-driven port with the added value of fresh commercial initiatives.
These would entail the expansion of its cargo handling capability and capitalising on a booming ship repair industry while also developing a marine engineering hub and yacht-building factory – all of which would see economic benefits beyond the obvious boost to our rather frayed tourism image.
What has been a constant spanner in the works has been the fuel tank farm and ore dumps – now scheduled to be moved in 2019 and 2020 respectively – over which the municipality no doubt has concerns, given that these deadlines have been pushed back in the past, while it has struggled to get firm time-frames and specifics.
But the manganese terminals, the port manager assures us, are not an impediment to getting started.
The city has been waiting for this waterfront centrepiece for way too long. If we are to demonstrate we are a competitive destination, it can no longer be an elusive mirage.
Transnet wants to turn the first sod in just over two years from now. It must also prove that it can live up to its promise of turning its grand scheme into a reality.
So again the NMMU university management has been intimidated and bullied into submission.
It is clearly evident that the leadership of the university, with all the mechanisms at its disposal, is either unwilling or incapable of enforcing the rule of law and disciplinary procedures. This lack of leadership (countrywide) has benefited only a small minority at the expense of the majority of students, who want to resume classes and complete the year.
If the university is unable to continue this year and complete the academic programme, it will never recover, as any decision that the executive takes in the future will carry no weight, no impact and will be challenged. As an alumni of the university, and with my children now attending the facility, my rights as that of all the paying students, are continually being compromised and abused. I am at conflict with my own thoughts as I would like to confront these so-called unruly, snot-nosed protesters together with all the other parents who are as frustrated and angered by this display of hooliganism.
It is time to perhaps stop the negotiation and take them on en masse . . .
British banker tells of cocaine-fuelled spree in videos
British banker Rurik Jutting calmly detailed to police his cocaine fuelled descent intoa torture and killing binge that ended in the deaths of two Indonesian women in his luxury Hong Kong apartment, according to videos shown in court yesterday.
The 31-year-old Cambridge graduate told police that six weeks after he started buying cocaine directly from a dealer, he had been vastly indulging in the drug, as well as alcohol and paid sex.
On the third day of his murder trial, the prosecution said Jutting had been consuming 10grams of 30%-pure cocaine a day, an unbelievably high dosage. An expert toxicologist said in the courtroom that about 3g could be fatal.
Jutting has admitted killing Sumarti Ningsih, a 23-year-oldsingle mother, and another Indonesian woman, Seneng Mujiasih,26, in his apartment two years ago.
But he has pleaded not guilty to murder on grounds of diminished responsibility, pleading guilty to mans laughter.
He explained in the video how cocaine had made him feel sexually charged and led to him fantasising for long periods. He had tried cocaine previously but only fleetingly, he said.
Later in the interviews, describing the first killing, Jutting bent over to show how he had slit the throat of Ningsih, whom he met through a classifieds website.
Jutting filmed himself torturing and killing one of his victims, part of cellphone footage taken from four hours of recording sin which he veered between boasting, remorse and describing the pleasure he derived from sexually brutalizing the women.
When describing the second killing in a video, Jutting explained he had met Mujiasih in a bar near his home and agreed to pay herHK$ 12 000(R21 500) to go to his apartment.
He said he had killed her within 20minutes of her entering his apartment.
Again motioning to the two officers present in one police video, he showed how he had used his right hand to cut her throat and his left to hold her head.
“I don’t recall how long it took her to die,” he said.
Jutting said he had not slept in between the two killings, which was about five days.
He instead took cocaine and read and watched extreme and violent pornography.
He said he had met his second victim in a bar where it was known that sex workers were available.
“She was prey – I was in a mode I can only describe as hunting,” Jutting said.
In the police interviews conducted on November 2 2014, a day after Jutting was arrested, he went into great detail over what had happened, politely relaying the course of events and appearing jovial at times.
Jutting, who also studied at Winchester, one of Britain’s most famous and oldest private schools, worked at Bank of America in Hong Kong prior to his arrest.
During the police interviews, he said he had resigned shortly after killing Ningsih, sending an e-mail to notify the bank.
Bank of America declined to comment when contacted yesterday.
Dressed in a navy blue shirt, Jutting appeared attentive during the court session yesterday as he listened to the videos.
Jutting is a former vice-president and head of Structured Equity Finance and Trading(Asia) at Bank of America.
Police said they had received a call from the then 29-year-old, asking them to come to his apartment, where they found the bodies.
But England coach warns of rejuvenated SA side
Coach Eddie Jones has warned his England side to beware of a “regenerating” South Africa when they try to end their abysmal record against the Springboks.
England open their end-of-year campaign against South Africa at Twickenham on November 12, having not beaten the Springboks since 2006 – a run of 11 defeats in 12 games, which includes a 14-14 draw in Johannesburg four years ago.
The Boks have struggled under new coach Allister Coetzee since finishing third at last year’s World Cup.
They have lost four of their last five tests, with their most recent outing a record 57-15 defeat by world champions New Zealand during the Rugby Championship in Durban earlier this month.
By contrast, England have won all nine of their international games since Australian coach Jones took over following the hosts’ first round exit at the World Cup.
Former Australia and Japan coach Jones warned: “We don’t have a great record against South Africa, so we have a change to make new history.”
“South Africa have lost four or five icon players and are regenerating themselves under a new coach, but we know they will be up for it, come Twickenham.”
Jones came under fire for the conduct of his training camp this month in Brighton, on England’s south coast, in which several players – including wings Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell – received injuries that ruled them out of the entire Old Mutual Wealth series, with England playing Fiji, Argentina and Australia on successive Saturdays at Twickenham after they face the Springboks.
“No one likes to see players get injured, but we’re playing South Africa on November 12 and need to train with intensity to beat them,” Jones said.
“We haven’t beaten them since 2006.” The Springboks are a team Jones knows well, having acted as a coaching adviser to the South Africa side that won the 2007 World Cup.”
“They’ve picked an interesting squad and look like they’ll play a little more rugby than we’re used to from South Africa,” Jones said.
“At 10, they have [Elton] Jantjies, [Pat] Lambie and possibly Johan Goosen, so we’ll probably see a different style from the South African team that will present different challenges for our defence.”
“The new coach, Allister Coetzee, coached the Stormers for a long period of time and they played with great width. It’s going to be a different sort of challenge from South Africa, but one we are excited about.”
Jones, however, was adamant that South Africa would not back away from the physical approach that has been the bedrock of their game for generations.
“South Africans like to play without the ball. They don’t mind you having the ball and they don’t mind hurting you,” Jones said.
“That’s been a big part of the game for a long time. We are going to have to be smart and make them feel uncomfortable.”
“If we can do that, then we will put ourselves in a great position to turn that abysmal record against South Africa around.”
England conclude their 2016 campaign against Jones’s native Australia.
In June, England wrapped up a 3-0 series win in Australia and the Wallabies, coached by Michael Cheika – Jones’s former teammate at Sydney club Randwick – will be keen for revenge.
Australia are still smarting from a 37-10 defeat by New Zealand in Auckland last weekend that saw the All Blacks achieve a tier one record 18th successive test win.
Afterwards, Cheika was furious at having been depicted as a clown in a New Zealand newspaper.
Jones, Australia’s coach when they lost the 2003 World Cup final to England in Sydney, said: “We have a long time before we play Australia.”
“They’re closer to Christmas than the South Africa test, but we know they are talking, even now, about a grand slam, so they’re obviously full of optimism and confidence.”
Chippa United coach Dan “Dance” Malesela is happy with the point his team managed to secure against Bloemfontein Celtic on Tuesday night in a Premier Soccer League fixture, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The game showed little spark as there were not too many shots at goals.
Both teams failed to convert the few opportunities they had at goals.
Despite the goalless draw, Chippa remain unbeaten at home this season.
The Port Elizabeth side are sixth on the Premier League log, with eight points from five matches.
“One is just grateful that we at least got a point out of this game,” Malesela said.
“It was not an easy match. “There is a lot that one has to prepare for. I think we messed up in the middle. We didn’t get what we usually get from our wingers.”
“The trick will be if we eventually find the core of a starting eleven, then we’ll be getting somewhere. “I have noticed a number of things I can change within that middle that I think will give us better results , ” the coach said.
The Chilli Boys are playing impressive football and winning the ball, but failing to score.
“Let’s be honest, we are struggling at the top,” Malesela said.
“We really are struggling with strikers. We still need to work on that, but it’s not a massive struggle because we still create chances. “We need to convert that. But until such time that we find a balance and the right personnel within the same team, we’ll be OK.”
“Also that we are forcing teams to defend rather than anything else. That is a big plus as well.”
The coach also expressed his concerns over deliberate time-wasting during matches.
He said the fact that coaches did not think about the supporters was very disappointing.
“It seems like everybody except us at Chippa are doing it [wasting time]. “People must stop the tricks and little things they do. They don’t help build football,” he said.
But Malesela said South African football was in a good position now, because of Mamelodi Sundowns winning the Caf title.
They have put the country on the map to be good examples and ambassadors of football on the continent.
“However, having said that, my focus is on Chippa United and that is what I will do, but I am just trying to help South African football as well.”
“To say guys let’s not do this let’s stop it. If we are saying fair play, let’s stick to it.”
Chippa will be without their yellow-carded key defender and captain James Okwuosa when they host Platinum Stars tomorrow, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, from 8pm.
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