TAU SA not involved in Afrikaans talks

2012-05-07 19:03

Johannesburg - The agricultural union TAU SA said on Monday that it would not be involved in the meeting between ANC leadership and Afrikaans groups.

"As long as government is not prepared to talk to us on agricultural matters, we are really not interested in behind closed doors conversations with any ANC roleplayers," TAU SA president Louis Meintjes said in a statement.

"Doing so would alienate TAU SA from its own members."

ANC leaders are reportedly scheduled to meet a group of Afrikaans-speaking academics, church leaders and representatives of cultural organisations in a closed meeting on Tuesday.

TAU SA said it had tried to meet government leaders to discuss agricultural issues.

It had tried to make appointments with President Jacob Zuma, the water affairs minister, the transport minister, with the police and the police commissioner.

"Our efforts to get any appointment were fruitless so far," said Meintjes.

"This creates, inevitably, the perception within organised agriculture that government is insensitive to the farmers and their problems."

He said the ANC had itself to blame if any alienation resulted. The only way to solve the problem was by starting to comply with the criteria of a responsible government.

"This will be the first step to restore confidence," Meintjies said.

  • Sean - 2012-05-07 19:16

    I don`t blame them for for not wanting to be involved in the talks !!

      Harold - 2012-05-07 21:55

      Why is it always just afrikaaners; Do English speaking white people not have a say .It is amasing how quick the Afrikaaners have forgotten that English speakers are part of thewhite group and have the same problems with the ANC as they do and many of us have afrikaans family members. If they intend jumping into bed with the ANC or selling out whites again then they should include us in discussions.

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-05-07 22:05

      Kolobe, hopefully none, but I understand it is at a showerless venue.

      Eric - 2012-05-07 22:53

      Two words: PIET RETIEF!

      Johan - 2012-05-08 12:17

      Agree with Harold. English and Afrikaans - speaking people have never been closer than in the past. We share the same ideologies and try and survive in the new South Africa, and want the best for our kids. We share similar culture etc. The ANC obviously want to try and even alienate the English from the Afrikaans - speakers.

  • Piet - 2012-05-07 19:18

    The ANC RESPONSIBLE? Next joke....

  • emile.marais - 2012-05-07 19:25

    I understand TAU SA's sentiments regarding the government (ANC) , but I think the ANC is kinda throwing us Afrikaners a proverbial bone here. Be thankful! If Julius Malema and his followers get their way there won't be much relevance for a TAU SA as there will be NO white farmers to represent. Please, be responsible and engage the ANC. I really don't think TAU SA has much of a choice.

      Piet - 2012-05-07 19:35

      Remember the bone Dingaan threw to Piet Retief?

      Sean - 2012-05-07 19:37

      Hoe can one trust those ANC criminals ? As much as I despise Malema , I at least know where I stand with that rubbish !!

      Glyn - 2012-05-07 19:57

      Who wants bones? This is supposed to be a free democracy where the government speaks to everybody. This is not happening. Stuff the anc.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 20:19

      @Glyn, they do speak to everybody but not every time everybody wants to. Now the opportunity knocks and these fellas are blindfolded by unnecessary pride. Pity they don't realise they will only have themselves to blame when the ANC shuts the doors again.

  • George - 2012-05-07 19:33

    Well done TAU. Represent and defend your own members. The cANCer party shows its true colors every day trough massive corruption and by refusing to BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY to halt the white genocide as the world watches thinking this is still a Mandela garden.

      sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-05-07 19:39

      Oh I see, so the death penalty must be brought back MAINLY to halt the white genocide, not necessarily for the protection of South Africans of all race groups?

      George - 2012-05-07 19:47

      Its either that or the black majority must start to offer some serious and quick protection to the persecuted white minority. Our township compatriots have resorted to vigilantism which, out of necessity, has worked well but the white brethren somehow feel reluctant to adopt the same methods, so far anyway. The world's oldest civilization, China, still finds it necessary to use the death penalty. What makes South Africa so special?

      Bobo - 2012-05-07 19:54

      Ag C`mon Sello..Please if it`s the last thing you do attempt to grow a brain, your racist mutterings is well noted.

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-05-07 19:49

    Shouldn't they rather agree to meet the ANC and tell them to the face that they've been trying to get their attention in vain? If I was them I would jump at this opportunity for a direct platform to also air my own grievances and anger. Agreeing to meet the ANC doesn't only mean the agenda will be set by the ANC, they can agree and also put forward their own agenda too. They sound like they have serious issues to say, now why are they not taking this opportunity? In this position ANC will listen to them because it is the one desperate for the meeting. Stop being such cry babies and take this best opportunity to give ANC an earful.

      Gxowa Vusumzi Coward - 2012-05-07 20:31

      I totally agree with u they should use this opportunity

      Gxowa Vusumzi Coward - 2012-05-07 20:31

      I totally agree with u they should use this opportunity

  • Ken - 2012-05-07 19:50

    Good on you TAU SA!....Stuff those corrupt,thieving farmer murdering bastards!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 20:13

      you are very short sighted and narrow minded

  • Donovan - 2012-05-07 19:54

    Isn't this meeting rich? The very party that sings 'shoot the boer', and that promotes BEE policies which leave many Afrikaners jobless, now wants to have a meeting. Afrikaners must not be fooled, this is merely an attempt by the ANC to garner our support because they know they're under threat by the DA.

  • Glyn - 2012-05-07 19:55

    I would not talk to the anc behind any closed doors under any condition! I do not trust the anc. Period.

      Bobo - 2012-05-07 20:05

      Hopefully they have learned from history...

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 20:15

      i wouldn't be scared to meet even Meneer Visagie behind closed doors because I trust myself and not scared of him. If there was something I seriously needed to discuss with him, I'd grab an opportunity when he avails himself.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-05-07 19:59

    Afrikaans churches should rather stay out of politics and do what churches are meant to do.

      Bobo - 2012-05-07 20:09

      It`s called ANC communist tactics...

  • George - 2012-05-07 20:15

    The penalty for aiding and abetting genocide is a trip to the ICC at the Hague followed by a possible health problem leading to an early death. So the story has it anyway.

  • Phepishi - 2012-05-07 20:16

    Agreed the ANC must first engage organized agriculture; but for addressing food security, but not for Voting purposes

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-07 20:24

    Until such time that the ANC stops it's policy of reverse apartheid they can go to hell!! Be that as it may I WILL NEVER SUPPORT THESE CORRUPT FOTHERMUCKERS!!

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 20:26

    banning the talks is never a good idea especially if you are the one who feels the pinch. its actually stupid. these guys are supposed to engage and make some bargaining with the ANC to score some settlements. not engaiging at all is suicidal.

      Donovan - 2012-05-07 20:32

      Well people should not have to bargain for protection against farm attacks. Safety is suppose to be a basic right for all South Africans.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 20:41

      True that. but my point is, if these guys have grievances against government, wont it make sense to engage now that the ANC is availing itself and push to have some agreements which will salvage the situation.....just thinking

      Wim - 2012-05-07 21:20

      Your mentality reflects the attitude of this regime. White people and Afrikaners in particular, don't have to do anything on your say so. We are not living in your primitive tribal system where the chief and his impi of illiterates dictate the terms. The sooner that simple truth penetrate your thick skulls the sooner we can live in a more amicable relationship.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 21:24

      @wim, suit yourselves. ANC has nothing to loose.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-08 10:32

      Wait untill there is no food. Then you will see who feels the pinch firsthand. TAU should actually spend more time in organising contract for direct export for there maize. It is happening but not on a big enough scale. If done properly they can make it unpleasant for the maize eating population.

  • Godide - 2012-05-07 20:37

    The article is con,they requested to meet gov, but now refusing to them.freelance journalism

  • Jerry - 2012-05-07 20:44

    What is the ANC thinking? You think the Nazis will ever repent? Next time you will be willing to meet with AWB. Sell outs. Afrikaners should know that they are not special, they just part and parcel of South Africa like everyone else.

  • Malavi10 - 2012-05-07 21:57

    This is a slap in the face of the people who vote the ANC by Zuma, sies man. How can u stoop that low? We don't have a comrade by the name of botha.

  • devenjoey.theron - 2012-05-07 23:42

    my dream is to be left alone, so that we can practice our culture, free from others. it is my dream to have all fellow Afrikaans speaking people, black, white, Indian, and of other mixed decedent. under one roof. where we can protect the richness we share within our language. we are the true Afrikaners. we have a common right, as we share an African language. the language that Africa had chosen for the spirit of those brave enough to let it echo through the land. Afrikaans for Afrikaners. unity to those who choose to be different. the symbol of freedom. Afrikaans had set others free. 18 years ago, we had stepped aside. to allow you a feeling of freedom under your own majority rule. for you to be totally free, you would have to let us go. so that we can manage our new culture. a democracy of one language. spoken by all who choose to be free. and who seek a future for their children. YOU are making Afrikaans people "poor at heart". you divide us, and force us through poverty to join you in your house. but you are changing us. you want us to be more like you. "We cannot see what it is you have in mind for us." you are destroying us with your way. your freedom is not the freedom we have in our mouth. it is the freedom YOU have in yours.

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-08 06:38

    ANC is looking for votes and the white farmers union is paranoid about land 'talks'

  • shelley.nott - 2012-05-08 08:51

    I wouldn’t meet with the ANC under the title of them asking what they can do to get TAU and Afrikaans farmers to kiss their ass. It would seem to SA that TAU is willing to be bought out and support the ANC in spite of all the serious problems affecting the farmers, that the ANC ignores. And the ANC’s agenda is not to discuss how to fix these issues, but how to get the farmers to vote for them, the real issues might not even be addressed – definitely not in a serious manner. What I am saying in a bad way is the intent of the ANC is not in line with TAU, which means TAU won’t end up dealing with the stuff they need to. And who the hell does this gvt think it is anyway not meeting with them under the title of dealing with for eg. Farm murders – is it because that would confirm officially that there is a problem there? If they ignore it they can deny it exists.

  • lj.roos - 2012-05-08 10:01

    I think its childish and small of TAU not to meet with government. Instead they run overseas to plead their security concerns with far right European parties who will ultimately be ignored themselves, and just continue to grow the stereotype that Afrikaners are racist right wing lunatics. The issue of farm murders is too big to allow your personal grudge against government to get in the way of finding a progressive solution. This is 2012, word nou groot.

  • Samuel X L-zee Xs - 2012-05-08 10:38

    We need no Afrikaaner in the ANC Wat for? Amandla awethu!! Not theirs they had their chance a total disgrace to the ANC.... Like who voted for you? In the first place? Not even one Afrikaaner so why do u bother? C'mon comrades. Like really I don't see the future of ANC any brighter in S.A. COPE needs to step up now... We fought TO suck the low life white boers ass to vote for ANC. Disgusting ,They never even gave us an opportunity or right for that matter to cast a vote during the course of the era.... So I dnt see the reason of this meeting seriously! Sies maan.

      Johan - 2012-05-08 12:19

      Erm - There are already Afrikaners in the ANC. Ever heard of Derick Hanekom and Kortbroek van Schalkwyk? And I hear that old Carl Niehaus is pushing for a new position within the ANC again.

  • Simone Joubert - 2012-05-08 12:50

    Samuel whoever you are. You are the low life. My parents are farmers and my dad is Afrikaans, he has only ever treated his staff with the utmost respect and the do the same for him. In the 1994 elections they voted for a black party. So quite frankly the fact that you can make such a uneducated generalization shows how idiotic you are. My family has been in south Africa for over 300 years so we have every right to be heard and protected. What happened during the apartheid era was disgusting to say the least but have you ever heard the saying 2 wrongs don't make a right an

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