Woman wants editors in ConCourt over censorship

2011-02-01 22:36

Johannesburg - A Western Cape woman is hoping to take 88 editors and journalism professors to the Constitutional Court on the grounds that they are censoring her.

She also accuses them of being part of what she describes as her persecution as a "Radical Honesty White Refugee".

The SA Press Association and its editor, Mark van der Velden, are listed as sixth and seventh respondents respectively.

Some of the editors are also guilty of bribery by not reporting on her issues, Lara Johnstone contends.

The papers she submitted detail lengthy unsuccessful attempts at getting editors to respond to or report on her assertions that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a fake and a fraudulent public relations "stunt".

This, she submits in her papers, is because no true peace or healing or advocacy of human rights can be achieved unless ecological and sustainability issues are properly addressed - most notably population control.

Interest of honesty

As the only representative of the group Radical Honesty SA in South Africa, she says that the group, whose leader is a Dr Brad Blanton in the US, also known as "the pope of the futilitarian church" advocates true forgiveness through non-stop face-to-face contact working through an issue until it is resolved.

According to Blanton's teachings on his website, this may include using speech considered offensive, in the interests of honesty.

She has previously submitted a "friends of the court" application to the Constitutional Court which was to decide whether Robert McBride can still be called a murderer - given that he was given amnesty by the TRC for his part in the bombing of the Magoo's bar in Durban during apartheid.

The object of a "friends of the court" application is to be of assistance to the court in deliberating a matter and to raise legal arguments that might help the judges.

Johnstone was unhappy that her written submission was given no coverage in the press and refers to this as censorship.

TRC fake

In that submission she argued that the Citizen newspaper which referred to him as a murderer, and judges who dealt with McBride who was challenging this, were confused because they did not realise the TRC was a fake.

Her theories are based on sustainability "ecolaw" issues and until these are resolved she considers other efforts at promoting or advancing human rights is futile.

In the McBride case she said the TRC had also made no attempt to find out how much of apartheid violence was actually caused by rapid population growth "colliding" with scarce natural resources.

This included what she termed the ANC's "breeding war policies".

McBride also apparently suffered from "battered TRC fraud syndrome" and that only a "social forgiveness contract" would work in South Africa, she continued.

Johnstone made another eleventh-hour "friends of the court" application to the "Reitz Four" case of student racist abuse before judgment in Bloemfontein last year.

In that matter she included her complaint that the media had censored her submission to the McBride case, the contents of which may have been relevant to the Reitz case, "had they been aware of it".

Cultural law

She revisited her argument about the "fake" TRC and wanted the court to clarify whether the defendants belonged to different cultures.

She questioned whether their counsel had told them of their constitutional rights to invoke cultural law and for the presiding officer to decide which legal system applied to them in the matter.

Johnstone believed the media's "censorship" of her organisation's concerns about the earth's sustainability would lead to instability and anarchy.

She is also unhappy that various complaints about media coverage and non coverage have not been heeded by the press ombudsman and she wants the court to have the ombudsman's decisions reviewed.

Johnstone's complaint against Sapa's editor Mark van der Velden relates in part to Independent Democrats' leader Patricia de Lille's crimen injuria complaint against her.

Aids is man-made

She had been trying to get various newspaper representatives and politicians to act on information she had that she said claimed that Aids was man-made.

According to lengthy background she provides on one of several websites she uses, including one called "media prosetitutes (sic), at times using different names which include Lara Braveheart and Andrea Muhrrtuyn, she had not been getting anyone to act on important information she had.

She then allegedly sent racially offensive SMSes to De Lille which led to De Lille laying the complaint and her having to go to court to defend herself.

According to a reporter covering the case for Sapa, an orderly told the presiding officer Johnstone was being hostile and would not go up to court leading to a warning that she might have to go for psychiatric evaluation if she continued in that fashion.

Johnstone writes on her website that the reason she did not go up was because there was no proper warrant for her arrest, and that this also meant she did not have to participate in an interview with a psychologist she was supposed to have seen.

She felt that Sapa refused to correct the report to give her side of the story, and accused Sapa of lies and fraud on the grounds of its slogan "if Sapa knows ... South Africa knows".

The press ombudsman would also not help with this, she submits.

Government punishing her

Van der Velden commented that Sapa's response at the time to Johnstone, in 2009, was that the news agency had reported, in good faith, on information available in the court and from authorised court officials.

Johnstone believes the law of crimen injuria is "ridiculous" and dates back to a belief in curses from witches.

Johnstone says the government is deliberately punishing her for her beliefs and asked editors for their comment on whether they objected to her "legal and political persecution by De Lille and the [National Prosecuting Authority]".

Many ignored her or said they were not going to comment.

In her papers to the Constitutional Court, she states that she made and later withdrew a complaint against the "Green Scorpions" because the Sunday Times was not publishing her views.

The bribery allegation is because "Sanef editors' conspiracy to censor the details of the Radical Honesty SA Amicus before the ConCourt from the people of South Africa, are an unlawful and intentional indirect offer to state officials (the ConCourt Justices, and other SA TRC elite politicians whose reputations would prefer the contents of the Radical Honesty SA Amicus to the ConCourt to remain censored) to pressure and/or bribe the justices with the opportunity to ignore the Radical Honesty SA Amicus in their deliberations, as if its arguments and allegations do not exist, because its contents have been censored from public discourse; in return for such officials' consideration in return for action or inaction in their official capacities."

Johnstone intends representing herself if granted access, because she believes there is no legal counsel in South Africa with the ability to understand her theories.

  • snackpaz - 2011-02-01 22:56


  • LawoftheJung - 2011-02-01 23:11

    That is the future my dear " legal counsel in South Africa with the ability to understand..."

  • craigkaos - 2011-02-01 23:38

    Someone's been smokin' da funny stuff...

  • paul.urban - 2011-02-01 23:38

    Don't feed the loonies.

  • Warren - 2011-02-02 00:05

    Maybe we are all too stupid to understand.

  • dspies - 2011-02-02 00:12

    In publishing this the media are undermining her legitimacy by making her appear crazy before the case goes to trial... she reminds me of this man I once interviewed who told me the world was going to end when Nasa's probe collided with the comet because the comet was actually the Sun. He also said the sun, which was also the comet, was actually a supercomputer that controlled the slot machines at the Casino. He knew this because he had a vision where the sun went dark and he had been in the casino and all the slot machines stopped working. #truestory

  • Warren - 2011-02-02 03:29

    She wanted to have some of her ideas published, so now they are. It's called be careful of what you wish for.

  • vijayvip - 2011-02-02 05:09

    Is this the same Lara who wants to go Shrien who is accused of plotting murder of his wife while in South Africa. Her reasons- South Africa can not hold a fair trial! Does this mean all you go to do is commit murder in South Africa and leave the country before the body has been found?

  • vijayvip - 2011-02-02 05:09

    This is the link to the article

  • AJ - 2011-02-02 05:19

    This chick needs a real job.

  • Allin - 2011-02-02 06:00

    One cuckoo flew over the rest...

  • hantiejansenvanvuuren - 2011-02-02 06:58

    Another lady is gaga...

  • V. Zela - 2011-02-02 07:37

    You go for it girl

  • halo1472 - 2011-02-02 07:52

    its sounds as if this woman might benefit from a rest, perhaps somewhere peaceful with nice scenery and 3 meals a day

  • daaivark - 2011-02-02 08:07

    Watch out for loose screws!

  • kznsc - 2011-02-02 08:10

    This woman thinks outside the box and has a valid point, the law today is in favour of protecting the criminals and hiding the truth in most cases. Here it is obvious that someones "different" opinion will not be published because some editors would not let her voice be heard. The age old threat, "CHANGE" very few people want change. Moan and groan and bitch and perform is all they can do but never change. Catch a wake up people!!!!!!

  • bill - 2011-02-02 08:14

    see what happens when you smoke woonga.

      KaiinSA - 2011-02-02 11:38

      Sorry Bill I missed it, please do it again.

  • - 2011-02-02 08:14

    she forgot to take her meds for the past few yrs

  • Hugh - 2011-02-02 08:21

    There has to be some truth in her claims as this would never have been printed. I have a suspicion that her wilder claims have been deliberately highlighted. Hands up anyone who thinks that the TRC was bias in favour of the ANC and Cadre. That more attention was paid to other parties actions than the reality. That the evidence given for the most part was heresay and little documented. That for instance that the hani Killers are being kept in jail only in the belief that they have not come clean, and that there is evidence to show the contrary.

  • abriej - 2011-02-02 08:27

    I'm sure 'Die Son' would run her story :)

  • dk.nicky - 2011-02-02 08:43

    Is her statements invalid? Who knows, but it does offer food for thought, Not as insane as one might think!! I agree with @kznsc and @Hugh... If we start thinking out the box we might find that she is not "smoking" the proverbial banana leaves.

  • Michelle - 2011-02-02 08:59

    MWAHAHAHAHA. Needed a good laugh this morning.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-02 09:27

    This woman speaks more sense than some of our politicians. I agree on the Mc Bride issue and (global) population control. Unbridled consumption WILL lead to the demise of homo sapiens.

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-02-02 09:56

    She who represents herself in court has a fool for a client

  • Hein Koen - 2011-02-02 10:14

    So mal soos 'h haas!

  • princess.arlene - 2011-02-02 10:40

    Please, honey, knock on the door of a psychiatrist. There's a name for what's wrong with you.

  • ignorance - 2011-02-02 10:55

    Soldiers of the Soil Did You Know?: The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt were amongst the first people to recognise the importance of the Soldiers of the Soil. In fact Cleopatra declared the earthworm sacred, and anyone trying to take them out of the country was subjected to the death penalty. Tests carried out in the Nile valley by the US Department of Agriculture in 1949 proved that the great fertility of the soil there was due largely to the work of earthworms. Taken from Lara's website SQ Worm Society My Question: If I use earthworms for Bass Fishing, does that mean I will be condemned to go to hell for eternity ? Thanks be to heaven, that I did not live with Cleopatra.

  • ignorance - 2011-02-02 11:09

    Soldiers of the Soil Did You Know?: The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt were amongst the first people to recognise the importance of the Soldiers of the Soil. In fact Cleopatra declared the earthworm sacred, and anyone trying to take them out of the country was subjected to the death penalty. Tests carried out in the Nile valley by the US Department of Agriculture in 1949 proved that the great fertility of the soil there was due largely to the work of earthworms. Taken from Lara's website SQ Worm Society My Question: If I use earthworms for Bass Fishing, does that mean I will be condemned to go to hell for eternity ?

  • Wena! - 2011-02-02 12:42

    What a wack-job!

  • Darkie_Ekasi - 2011-02-02 13:43

    Nut case

  • H Lategan - 2011-02-02 14:39

    Mal soos 'n haas die arme vrou. Herman Lategan Seepunt

  • lara.zhivago - 2011-02-16 01:56

    SCIENTIFIC JOURNALISM PERSPECTIVE: ConCourt: ‘Was SA's TRC a falsification of History’? Friday, April 02, 2010 9:17 Archbishop Tutu announces retirement after TRC fraud allegations Saturday, July 24, 2010 4:37 SA Concourt: Was ANC's 'liberation struggle' a Just War, or Spectacular Fraud? Saturday, July 24, 2010 9:32 Peak Oil & Ecological Overshoot raised in SA Constitutional Court Media Corruption case Saturday, January 22, 2011 7:46

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