This week’s knight is former nurse Christine du Preez who dedicates herself to educate farm workers about HIV/AIDS on farms in Limpopo.
In the Northern parts of South Africa farm workers are the highest concentration of HIV/AIDS carriers in any work force, with a presence of 40% in the country. Christine, the founder and director of the non-profit organisation, Hoedspruit Training Trust’s main focus is to decrease this worrying statistic by expanding people’s knowledge about HIV/AIDS.
Christine established the Hlokomela Health project to facilitate support and training for workers and their families. Christine’s clinic has been helping to save people’s lives for more than a decade. She doesn’t only talk about preventing the virus but also converse and work with the workers who already suffers from the virus about how to contain it and not spread it any further.
“I want to create an environment of care for people in which they can empower themselves,” said Du Preez. She aims to be sustainable through her project.
This week’s knaves are everyone involved with the assassinations on various politicians and taxi operators. This follows after the independent researcher and human rights activist, Vanessa Burger determined that the Glebelands hostel in Umlazi, Durban is a home for assassins and that the police are directly involved. Burger alleges that some of the assassins use the police’s model of the R1 attacking gun. The police in Umlazi has no credibility because of the large-scale bribery that is taking place.
Burger argues that since 13 March 2014 a total of 89 people were killed in the area and that no one was arrested in connection with the murders.
“The assassins in Glebelands are behind the recent attack on Sindiso Magaqa, former Secretary-General of the ANC youth league, Nonsikelelo Mafa, ward 11 councillor and Jabu Mzizi, ward 16 councillor. An R1 attacking gun was used in this attack,” said Burger.
The assassins’ ammunition and weapons are purchased with funds obtained by forced fundraising from the residents of the hostel. “This money is allegedly also used to bribe investigating officers, prosecutors and magistrates,” explained Burger.
According to Burger the assassins has “diversified” from them and were used by political leaders to carry out various murders in the province.
Willies Mchunu, KwaZulu-Natal’s Premier, has created the commission of investigation in October 2016 to investigate political murders in the province since 2011. Advocate Marumo Moerane is head of this commission.
Burger said that the police aren’t politically independent and police officers who tries to do proper work can’t get anywhere and that they are under immense political pressure. Cases are being interfered with and declarations are devised.
Since 13 March 2014, altogether 89 people have been murdered in the same area.
“They have proven that they are the majority and completely corrupt.”